• Several global and regional ongoing conflicts that are a result of religious differences.
  • There have been significant hurdles in overcoming our differences and gaining a better understanding and respect of different faiths in countries with diverse ethnicities.
  • People are seen to be less tolerant around the world.
  • Religious extremists can contribute to an escalation of conflict where radical measures are adopted.

  • Differences in opinions and beliefs can result in a lack of respect for others.
  • Ulterior motives such as the clamor for power and the superiority of one religion can give rise to religious intolerance globally.
  • Ignorance of other faiths and their practices can result in disunity and disconnect within the community.
  • The lack of religious diversity in schools and at workplaces can create misunderstandings when they interact with different faiths for the first time.

  • Nations who succumb to religious differences can face social and economic implications as they struggle to remain competitive in a globalized and diverse world.
  • Religious intolerance heightens hostilities between nations through war and conflict, therein destroying the fabric of society.
  • Debate and dialogue can be stifled due to misunderstandings of different faiths. Religious difference can make conflicts more difficult to resolve and cause people to overgeneralize, which prohibits global cooperation.

  • Encourage the integration of different cultures in diverse communities including school settings, residential communities and the workplace.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and inclusion of other faiths by commemorating festivals through public holidays and encouraging open celebrations.
  • Teach students the quality of empathy and respect for other cultures and heighten their awareness of the reconciliatory roles religions have brought in conflict situations.
  • Introduce student exchange programs to increase the exposure with other cultures and nationalities.