Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Religion brigades

Here's an idea on how to recruit motivated Satyagrahi for the United Nations. Ask various religions to contribute brigades.

We could have a Quaker brigade, a Mennonite brigade, a special Catholic order of monks and nuns, Buddhist monks and nuns, a Hindu "Gandhi Brigade", a Moslem "Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Brigade", a Humanist brigade, a Unitarian Universalist brigade, etc.

Volunteers in these brigades would not only be motivated by devotion to non-violence and world peace, but to their faiths and their pride in their religions.

2 comments:

Devin said...

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was a Muslim disciple of Gandhi who led a non-violent movement of nearly 100,000 Pathans in what is now Pakistan.

Nagler's book describes how hundreds of Khudai Khidmatgars (Servants of God)under Khan's leadership stepped forward as the British massacred them in 1930, proof that Muslims are as capable as any of courageous non-violent action.

Devin said...

For more on Ghaffar Khan, see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_Abdul_Ghaffar_Khan

and on Islam and non-violence

http://www.forusa.org/fellowship/sept-oct-04/abu-nimer.html