Statement of purpose

Freedom of Speech and Expression is a valuable right, and the best way of preserving a right is to exercise it. However, the right to speak is one thing; whether or not the thing said is correct is quite another. The exercise of the right of Freedom of Speech has often led to erroneous or distorted statements about religion. We must not prevent people from making such statements: It is their right. However, we also possess the right to speak up and express ourselves, and we are free to point out these errors and distortions. We intend to do just that.

With this in mind, we request you to draw our pointed attention to any instance of error or prejudice in the presentation of religion per se, or of any religion, be it a form of indigenous religion (Australian Aboriginal, American Indian, Traditional African, &c.), Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Bahai, or a New Religious Movement (or one not included above).

We make this request with three goals in mind: immediate, proximate, and ultimate. The immediate goal is to overcome obfuscation through dialogue. The proximate goal is to generate a database of sufficient depth and breadth to enable statistical procedures to be performed as might enable one to determine whether the errors or misrepresentations are random, or biased in a significant way. The ultimate goal is to clear the air for a wholesome dialogue among the world's religions by minimising information pollution as much as possible.

Towards these goals, you are encouraged to submit examples you have encountered of misrepresentation of religion and/or of religions, both in the Media and Academia. These may range from outright factual errors to biases or distortions. Examples submitted will be reviewed, entered into a database, and posted on this site. If you suspect that an error or distortion is present in a text, but are unsure, please note this in your submission, and we will research into the situation. Submission of examples of bias which have been noted by others is also accepted.