A Cape Verdean Scholar, Dr. Jairzinho Lopes Pereira has advocated that the virtue of religious tolerance be instilled in the school children to check the ills of religious intolerance and its like in the West African Sub-region.
Pereira said for the Continent of Africa to overcome the plague called religious intolerance, Members of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, must inculcate in their children and wards the virtue of religious tolerance.
This, he argued, would help mould the way they grow to accept and tolerate others from different faiths.
The Cape Verdean gave the advice at the ongoing ECOWAS PArliament delocalised meeting of Committees on Education, Science and Culture; Health ;Telecommunications and Information Technology, in Praia, Capital of Cape Verde.
“The key is through education, as parliamentarians permit me to say, it is your responsibility to promote and support all efforts targeted at teaching children in school the virtue of tolerance.
“Please be bold and make history. Never in support of politics if tolerance has to change a country from top to bottom and I believe that education is key and it is only through inclusive education that Africa dreams of ridding itself of the spectre of religious violence which has been raging for some time now.
“Religious intolerance ladies and gentlemen is for brute tyrants. No one. I mean, no one has the right to impose religious beliefs on others in their aeronautical dispute. Some philosophers would have us believe that the moral virtue of toleration is impossible because it requires an agent to believe both that she has decisive reasons to actively oppose what she judged small way wrong, and she ought not to act on those reasons.
“These alleged the paradox of toleration of some content is particularly overwhelming within an Objectivist meta ethical framework that attempts to accommodate cultural pluralism. The paradox does suggest that one must deny and embrace moral relativism which is dangerous and a moral virtue. Why tolerate ideas they ask? why tolerate ideas, behaviour and proxies that one believes to be wrong. They ask, I say , I say that the far more pertinent question is this. Do I, do you, do any of us have the right to impose our own truth and beliefs on our fellow human beings?
The scholar stressed that, “the belief that one is entitled to his rights is the origin of all evils.”
He therefore explained that “Being tolerant is to be willing to admit that others have the same right to choose and to make that choices as I, as you and all of us do. Being tolerant means standing by one’s own belief, while condemning the opposition or persecution of others. “
This, he stressed is what Africa needs to inculcate in the minds of its children.
He added, “Honourable parliamentarians, I beg of you to promote just that. Back an educational system in which children will be taught to preserve their own beliefs and identities, while respecting those who are different and I promise you a glowing future awaits our great continent.”
He pointed out that if the western world where one could find some of the most atrocious and Procedures Act of intolerance could overcome its own religious intolerance, it is also possible for the sub-region with deliberate efforts.
“If we look to the history of the West, we see centuries of senseless slaughters, sometimes ignited by religious differences, just like now we see in Africa. But ladies and gentlemen, the West has overcome those barriers. We can also do the same, let’s not postpone peace and prosperity in Africa. We deserve better. Let us be tolerant. It is our duty to be tolerant. Let’s hoist the flag of religious tolerance.,” he posited.