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News - September 6, 2013

Palo Alto hosts Sept. 11 'Multifaith Peace Picnic'

Organizers hope to spur cross-cultural friendship with food, music, speeches

by Sue Dremann

Organizers of a "peace picnic" in Palo Alto say they are continuing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Dream" by hosting a community-building event on Sept. 11.

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Posted by is, a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Multifaith Peace Picnic

Good initiative- Good luck!

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm

"Pope Francis ;@Pontifex

Dear young people, pray with me for peace in the world #prayforpeace"

Posted by Anne, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Quran (9:5) - "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them."

Will this fundamental rule of the Quran be front and center?

Posted by downtown dave, a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

It is good for people to live at peace. But multi-faith doesn't work in heaven. There is only one Name given under heaven by which a man may be saved. Web Link

Posted by Peace, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

@downtown. Your post would have been so much more useful if you had stopped after your first sentence.

Why are so many "believers" so quick to condemn all those who believe otherwise, sometimes by just a little tick in an observance? Why can't they just respect the right of each person to determine what, if any religion, that person chooses to follow?

After all, despite all the protestations of "mine is the only true religion" and all the so-called "holy books," and "divine visitations," and "visions," there is no way to know who is right until each of us dies.

A recent New Yorker cartoon summed things up nicely. Scene, the gates to Heaven, one marked "Right Religion" the other marked "Wrong Religion." Both gates are wide open. People all queued up at the "Right Religion" gate. God on the side says to St. Peter: "They don't get the humor."

So why not try to live in harmony, which seems to get karma points in most if not all religious observances?

Posted by Ex-Peace Corps Volunteer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I was in Iran in the early to mid Seventies, and I have read the Shiite version of the Quran. Basically, it gives a Shiite Muslim who cannot convert a non-Muslim permission to kill that failed convert.

How can there ever be peace with a religion like that???

Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Sep 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm

What about a religion that tells everyone that believes in another religion that they will burn in hell??. WHAT about a religion that condones the abuse of children???

Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Sep 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

"Multifaith Peace" - An oxymoron.

Posted by The Bible says...., a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Jesus said "The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself" after saying that "The greatest commandment is to love the lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind" when asked what is the greatest commandment Matt 22. 23-40.

He also said "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation". Mark 16. 15 - 16.

Please can you tell me where in the Bible Jesus says that people who believe in other religions will burn in hell?

I think if Jesus were here today (or in Palo Alto on Sept 11) He would go along to the picnic to show that He loves all neighbors. He would also proclaim His own Gospel. Why shouldn't His followers do both.

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