Confronting Violence in the name of God

Confronting Violence in the name of God

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Rabbi Lord Sacks. Picture: Sylvie Le Clezio

Public Lecture by Rabbi Lord Sacks on Monday 20 October at 7pm, Greenwood Theatre (Guy’s campus), Kings College London.

All are welcome and admission is free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.

“There are many conflicts around the world at present which claim to be in the name of God, particularly (although not only), the Middle East – such as ISIS in Iraq (with the persecution of Christians and Yazidis in Mosul), the ongoing situation in Gaza (which affects all three faiths of ‘the people of  the Book’), and so on.  In this public lecture, Rabbi Lord Sacks, as Professor of Law, Ethics & the Bible at King’s College London and Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University, reflects on how we might challenge this situation and confront this violence, and do so in the name of God.”

 

Men’s campaign: never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women

Today is White Ribbon Day.  Men are actively campaigning and committing themselves to this statement:

I pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.

Restoring Dignity is a great resource for religious and non-religious people who want to learn more.  It looks at different traditions and teachings.

Myth: Violence against women is religiously sanctioned.
FACT: No faith condones violence against women or the degradation of women’s dignity.

“Ever since I was a wee boy in the playground I’ve hated violence. Violence against anyone. But I’m particularly opposed to violence against women: It’s the action of a coward. I’m dead against it.”  Brian Cox, Actor (from White Ribbon Campaign)

White Ribbon Day has lots more ideas and resources, including Restored (Christian resources) and Islam and Domestic Violence.