Voices of Peace

Aired 2004-05. In our time, especially since the decline and fall of Communism, religious violence has become a growth industry. Long suppressed religious rivalries and hatreds have coupled with political turmoil to create an evil stew of murder, torture and even genocide. In Afghanistan, Sudan, Bosnia, Punjab, West Africa, Indonesia and many other places the developed world has been forced to take note of desperate people reacting to their harsh life conditions with violence. In the United States, the 9/11/01 terrorist suicide bombings brought the new reality home to Americans. A growing number of people, both in the developed world and elsewhere, count themselves as “peace-builders” with a lifelong mission of learning what causes people to kill, even in the name of God, and, through formal learning, understanding and patient dialogue to help opposing sides resolve their disputes without war.