Practicing Religious Tolerance If the world finally achieved Boniuk’s mission “to nurture tolerance among people of all or no faiths”, then society would peacefully coexist in harmony. There will be neither controversy nor debate about a person’s religious preference. People will not boast about their religion and make others feel insecure or burdened by their own. Everyone would accept each person’s religion and promote it by implementing it in his or her own daily lives. Society would be multicultural and this would be evident in the type of celebrations, clothing, and relationships that will develop throughout the world. People will learn to accept diverse religions and learn how to show love rather than condemning others for not being of the same religion. We will know when this threshold has been reached when people do selfless acts which results in the demonstration of pure love because society will be united regardless of religious differences. In addition, society would be able to exist as if there was no religion present. Religion wouldn’t define anyone by his or her color, cultural practices, or ethnic background. Religion would have no say over social status or government regulation of a specific group of people from previous historical events. For instance, consider the people that faced Muslim ethnic persecution due to the formal wearing of the hijab. The hijab is worn to cover up a women’s hair in order for seclusion of men in public areas. These women who wear this are very confident and adamant about these religious beliefs and are not capricious and influenced by others. Why do people view this as a social stigma? Religious tolerance should completely embody the art of treating all people with equality. Religious tolerance is not merely accepting other people’s religion but also treat every person as a wonderful creation of the world. People would be able to communicate on a deeper level such as that common ingrained values and beliefs.
Practicing religious tolerance entails each individual to think selflessly and to consider another person in society as they would themselves. Practicing religious tolerance looks like accepting another person whether they have their faith or not and be able to see past a religious barrier and be able to love them and view them as special and unique for merely living. This is the epitome of religious tolerance.