|State capitol, Salt Lake City|
The Parliament, meeting now in Salt Lake City, is still trying to find that bliss of understanding. Not helping matters was Rabbi David Saperstein, the US Department of State's Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, who gave an address.
"The greatest threat to extremism isn't drones firing missiles but girls reading books," Saperstein said during his speech. He received a standing ovation. While of course universal literacy is a goal that needs to be achieved, Saperstein is quite naïve. Nearly all young women in Iran, a major terrorism sponsor, can read and write. In Saudi Arabia, which supplied 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers, young women also are literate. But the schools in that Islamo-supremacist state are plagued by Wahhabi hate.
Reading is important. Not reading hate speech is even more important. Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf was a required text in Nazi Germany.
Do they sing "Kumbaya" around the campfire during the Parliament of the World's Religions?