Originally posted by pawnhandler
Because in my mind it never occurred to me that there are still churches that have never gotten around to having this conversation yet. When I taught RE as the poster above me mentioned, I taught about all religions that I could think of and what we have in common and how we differ as well as the importance about forming opinions based on information ra ike they're limiting it to one group but making it OK to remain prejudiced about other groups.
You are clearly making the assumption that all people worldwide are one and whatever you are doing, everyone else is too. Prejudice and hysteria have been around since humans evolved and they will be around as long as humans exist.
Most Churches I know of spend most of their time talking about giving money to the Church, and the rest of their time agreeing with each other on what they believe. It is quite rare to talk about other peoples beliefs and even rarer if those other people are of a different religion.
I believe that the prejudice against Muslims and Arabs is at an all time high in the US right now due to terrorism and the Iraq war so it makes sense for someone to try to deal with that prejudice.
The fact that you brought up a number of other groups shows that you believe that there is still significant prejudice against them contradicting your claim that you didn't realize that some people have 'never gotten around to having this conversation yet.'
Having a discussion about one group in no way somehow sanctions prejudice about another group.