Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’
Tragedies such as the recent Haiti earthquake that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of innocents call into fundamental question the idea that the world is overseen by a just and loving God. As individuals who lose loved ones navigate the stages of grief, including for many feeling anger at God, social and communal pressure for quick healing and avoidance of the difficult struggle to understand why terrible things happen to good people can add to their burdens.
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Haiti’s efforts to promote religious freedom, along with a recent period of relative political stability, mean a wide range of religious groups have ties on the ground and are energizing faithful throughout the world to provide long-term assistance in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake.
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Religious discrimination can lead to persecution and political isolation, and in some cases foment terrorism among the marginalized. The flip side is that religious freedom offers nations such as Haiti the opportunity to benefit from faith’s sweeter fruits of a humanitarian calling to ease suffering.
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