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Title: Violence, Values and Obstacles to Economic Prosperity
Date: 16-Nov-2010
Category: Announcements
Description: Mr. Antoine Frem, a leading advocate in Lebanon of Caux Round Table principles, distressed at the attacks on a Christian church in Baghdad and Shi'ite shrines elsewhere in the country, asked me to consider how such actions could be aligned with Abrahamic religious traditions, given our recent scholarly retreat and statement on the fundamental core ethics of humility and restraint made necessary by the Abrahamic perception of human finitude. In responding to Mr. Frem's request, our thoughts are as follows:

Mr. Antoine Frem, a leading advocate in Lebanon of Caux Round Table principles, distressed at the attacks on a Christian church in Baghdad and Shi'ite shrines elsewhere in the country, asked me to consider how such actions could be aligned with Abrahamic religious traditions, given our recent scholarly retreat and statement on the fundamental core ethics of humility and restraint made necessary by the Abrahamic perception of human finitude. In responding to Mr. Frem's request, our thoughts are as follows:
 
On last October 31st, a Christian church in Baghdad was attacked by sectarian murderers bent on terrorizing innocents of another religion. Iraqi police came to the defense of the Christians, but many died in the rescue attempt.
 
On November 8th, bombs were also targeted at Shi'ite shrines in several Iraqi cities, again killing innocents.
Under its recently issued Mountain House Statement on justice within the Abrahamic faiths, the Caux Round Table finds it inconsistent with any principle of Abrahamic faith to seek out innocents for murder, no matter what their religion or religious practice within a religion.
 
Moreover, conforming to its principles for government and business, the Caux Round Table, as I understand and interpret its principles, cannot conceive how a nation that does not provide respect for values of faith, hard work, honesty and fiduciary responsibility can prosper.
 
If the Iraqi people want to become prosperous with justice, they will need to turn away from inter-religious enmity and all forms of violence used for whatever reason, just as the Abrahamic faiths teach under their hallowed covenants to love God about all else and to love our neighbors as ourselves - the Common Word among the three faiths.
 
The future of any people depends, ultimately, on its values. Respect for human dignity, stewardship of power and reciprocity in wealth-creation are fundamental requirements for prosperity and justice.  Mistaken values will lead to oppression and stagnation, and perhaps even to decline and collapse.



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