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Friday, October 21, 2016
Scottish faith leaders united in support for Make Poverty History
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¬†Leaders from all the main faiths in Scotland were due to meet this morning at St Stephen's Church Centre in Glasgow, to issue the following statement on the eradication of poverty. Statement of the Religious Leaders on Make Poverty History and the G8 We, the leaders and representatives of Scotland's diverse faith communities wish to wholeheartedly support the Make Poverty History Campaign in its efforts to eradicate the scandal of global poverty. We stand together, united in the belief in the dignity of all human beings. The scar of poverty is one of the greatest violations of human dignity and we unite to call for its eradication. 2005 presents a unique opportunity to tackle poverty on an international scale. This year Scotland hosts the G8 summit, a gathering of the leaders of the world's richest and most powerful nations. We cannot stand idly by while our brothers and sisters in the developing world suffer a lack of the most basic necessities of food, access to clean water and sanitation and adequate shelter. We are all diminished by such suffering and inequality. That is why we are supporting the Make Poverty History campaign. We challenge the world leaders gathered here for the G8 summit to: ∑ Drop the debt for the world's poorest countries ∑ Increase aid to developing nations ∑ Create a system of fair and just trade rules In all our religious traditions, care for the poor, the vulnerable and the oppressed are central to how we are called to live our lives in accordance with our faith. Each one of us commits to encouraging and supporting our own faith communities to give their support, their time and energy to the Make Poverty History Campaign. We urge all Scotland's people ≠ of all faiths and none ≠ to support the campaign to make 2005 the year we make poverty history. We urge all of those participating to show their commitment to this cause through responsible and peaceful ways. Concern for the poor is to be found in the holy writings and traditions of all our faiths. "You shall not abuse any widow or orphan If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you you shall not exact interest from them." - Torah - Hebrew Scriptures "Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy." - Torah - Hebrew Scriptures "Whoever saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind." - Qu'ran - Muslim Scriptures "They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing." - Hindu Proverb "Those who remember God generously help others." - P. 263 Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." - Christian Bible "An offering given from what little one has is worth a thousand times its value." - Buddha Rabbi David Rose, Rabbi of Edinburgh said: "As human beings created in the image of G-d we all are responsible for each other. By different faiths and nations working together we can hope to eliminate the scourge of global poverty and thus fix our broken world". Venerable K-rewatha - Scotland's Buddhist Vihara: said: "It is unfortunate that even in the 21 century we have a divided world and to equalise this, those of us who are blessed with more resources, have a duty to should support those in need. We have to strive for equality amongst people of the world"; Imam Mustaueem Shah, UK Islamic Mission Glasgow commented: "We live in a slave and master culture because of interest. By surrendering to one Master (God), we shall have dignity, equality and contentment amongst his creations". The statement has been endorsed by the following religious leaders of Scotland: Cardinal Keith O'Brien; Rt Rev David Lacy Most Rev Bruce Cameron; Rabbi Rose; Rabbi Rubin; Imam Shah; Venerable K-rewatha; Zorawar Singh Source: Scottish Catholic Media Office
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