Scientology Churches Mark UNESCO Day of Tolerance
MANCHESTER—Churches of Scientology around the world marked the International Day of Tolerance commemorating the founding of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) this week with a number of petition drives to garner support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as Britain launched into its first-ever "National Inter-Faith Week."
The annual Day of Tolerance, which falls on November 16th, the anniversary of UNESCO's founding each year, was first observed by UN member states in 1996, following the UN's Year of Tolerance in 1995 and the November 16th 1995 adoption of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.
The Church of Scientology in Manchester, England, which supports the initiative of secular international human rights education organisation Youth for Human Rights International, marked the day with a city centre petition drive, calling on members of the public to "urge that this Declaration [of Human Rights] be broadly displayed and promoted; with human rights education made available to children and adults throughout the world."
Hundreds of locals gave their support as thousands more signed petitions gathered by Scientologists and other human rights supporters across the country and abroad.
With tolerance the watchword of the week, Britain's diverse religious communities came together in exactly that spirit, celebrating the nation's first ever Inter Faith Week, which runs until this Saturday. A number of events are taking place this week, including in Manchester, where this Monday saw faith groups from the city gather with non-believers in like-minded discussion on how to preserve the environment.
Inter-Faith Week runs until Saturday 21st November. For more information visit http://www.interfaithweek.org/.
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