About the Foundation
We provide practical support to counter religious conflict and extremism in order to promote open-minded and stable societies. We are fully aware of the scale of the task. Over recent years we have witnessed deplorable acts of violence in the name of religion. Conflicts between and within religious groups in countries across the world continue to rage, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands and displacing millions of people. Those who distort religion for these ends are prepared to fight without hesitation, kill without mercy and die without regret.
But we believe that the world faces a stark choice. Closed mindedness, where globalisation is seen as a threat and diversity and difference as a danger. Or the alternative open-minded approach to others, which can lead to tolerant and stable societies.
We provide practical support to counter religious conflict and extremism in order to promote open-minded and stable societies.
The battle is focused on combating the intractable mindset of extremist religious groups. Their resistance to the concept of different religions understanding each other and working together as a force for positive social change must be challenged. The work we do, and the work of many others, is not just about the uprooting of terrorism, but the uprooting of the thinking and philosophy behind it. There is no answer to this problem that doesn't start, and continue, with the importance of educating our young people and exposing them to others' views.
There is no issue that is more pressing. In the longer term, the only answer is to educate the future generation to an open-minded view of the world. The 21st Century will not face the same struggle around political ideology that dominated the 20th Century, but there is a real danger that conflict around religious ideology replaces that struggle in an equally devastating form. Our prospects for peace rely on understanding the many forces at play and confronting those which affront an open and just society. We have got to show people that we have got a better idea than the extremists have – to learn from each other and live with each other.