Religion, Politics, and Fighting Poverty

I don’t like to flaunt my religious beliefs.

With a first name “Shawn”, a family heritage in a predominately Muslim country, and the second in my family to go to a place called “Notre Dame” – I am sure I have left a few people wondering what exactly it is that I believe in.

If you read some of the comments I leave on YouTube – I’m sure it gets even more confusing. When I am responding to someone who makes it clear they are Muslim – I often cite the Qu’ran. When I am responding to someone who references Jesus Christ – I respond by quoting the Bible. When I believe someone is agnostic or atheist – I stick to facts, figures, and keep faith out of the picture.

The reason for this is simple – though our beliefs differ, our goals should be the same: We. Must. End. Poverty.

It also speaks to my belief on how we can achieve peace on Earth. In my opinion, peace on Earth will come when we stop hating what is different among us and start loving what it is we have in common. When we finally do that, I think we will find that we share the same wisdom – though we may find it in different places and from different books.

  • Michelle vincil

    There has been much success with microloans to do the very thing you are talking about – helping people get out of the cycle of poverty. Brigham Young University is involved with these microloans at their Marriott Business School. It only takes dollars a month from people in the US ,but it gives the people in these situations that lift to the next level.There is also a 98 percent payback rate. I saw a video six months ago and was astonished. Let me know if you want more info. I don’t go to BYU but will get whatever info you need if it is something you are interested in.

  • Michelle vincil

    There has been much success with microloans to do the very thing you are talking about – helping people get out of the cycle of poverty. Brigham Young University is involved with these microloans at their Marriott Business School. It only takes dollars a month from people in the US ,but it gives the people in these situations that lift to the next level.There is also a 98 percent payback rate. I saw a video six months ago and was astonished. Let me know if you want more info. I don’t go to BYU but will get whatever info you need if it is something you are interested in.

  • Michelle vincil

    There has been much success with microloans to do the very thing you are talking about – helping people get out of the cycle of poverty. Brigham Young University is involved with these microloans at their Marriott Business School. It only takes dollars a month from people in the US ,but it gives the people in these situations that lift to the next level.There is also a 98 percent payback rate. I saw a video six months ago and was astonished. Let me know if you want more info. I don’t go to BYU but will get whatever info you need if it is something you are interested in.

  • Elina Vuori

    Hello Shawn,my name is Elina Vuori and im from Finland.I share the toughts with you,I have been thinking these kind of things since I was 8.Now im 16 years old and sad that I cant do anything,not yet.But in the future,if its not too late Id like to help those wonderfull and brave people.

    I really admire what you are doing,I wish I could make te differens too.If you have time,I would be happy if you could mail me?you get my email by this dont you?

    With All Love and Heart:Elina Vuori,Finland.<3

  • Elina Vuori

    Hello Shawn,my name is Elina Vuori and im from Finland.I share the toughts with you,I have been thinking these kind of things since I was 8.Now im 16 years old and sad that I cant do anything,not yet.But in the future,if its not too late Id like to help those wonderfull and brave people.

    I really admire what you are doing,I wish I could make te differens too.If you have time,I would be happy if you could mail me?you get my email by this dont you?

    With All Love and Heart:Elina Vuori,Finland.<3

  • Elina Vuori

    Hello Shawn,my name is Elina Vuori and im from Finland.I share the toughts with you,I have been thinking these kind of things since I was 8.Now im 16 years old and sad that I cant do anything,not yet.But in the future,if its not too late Id like to help those wonderfull and brave people.

    I really admire what you are doing,I wish I could make te differens too.If you have time,I would be happy if you could mail me?you get my email by this dont you?

    With All Love and Heart:Elina Vuori,Finland.<3

  • Livia

    Hi Shaw, my name’s Livia. I’m live in Brazil. How are you?
    Well my first contact about your project happened when I see your movie in You Tube. Your project in India is wonderful!!! God bless you! I want to know more for respect you organization. I ‘m jornalist but my work is about Social responsability and Solidariety Economy. My msn is liviahorta@hotmail.com . Please send me a e-mail! Thank you! Livia Horta

  • Livia

    Hi Shaw, my name’s Livia. I’m live in Brazil. How are you?
    Well my first contact about your project happened when I see your movie in You Tube. Your project in India is wonderful!!! God bless you! I want to know more for respect you organization. I ‘m jornalist but my work is about Social responsability and Solidariety Economy. My msn is liviahorta@hotmail.com . Please send me a e-mail! Thank you! Livia Horta

  • http://satellitesky.blogspot.com OkieLawyer

    Shawn:

    I just watched a couple of your videos on YouTube. I want to say “thank you” for shedding a little light on this issue. I have done some focus on intergenerational poverty in the United States. But many of the same principles are valid worldwide.

    In the case of Bangladesh, wouldn’t much of the problem be related to lack of natural resources and inability to cope with natural disasters (typhoons, etc.)?

    In many parts of the world (including Bangladesh?) potable water is a major concern. It is my understanding that much of the conflict in Darfur is related to access to potable water supplies. I have often wondered how much it would cost per person — if all Western democracies contributed — to build permanent water treatment and/or water delivery systems to those who need it? I argued the need for this in my post The Next Gold.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. We certainly need more awareness of these issues.

  • http://satellitesky.blogspot.com OkieLawyer

    Shawn:

    I just watched a couple of your videos on YouTube. I want to say “thank you” for shedding a little light on this issue. I have done some focus on intergenerational poverty in the United States. But many of the same principles are valid worldwide.

    In the case of Bangladesh, wouldn’t much of the problem be related to lack of natural resources and inability to cope with natural disasters (typhoons, etc.)?

    In many parts of the world (including Bangladesh?) potable water is a major concern. It is my understanding that much of the conflict in Darfur is related to access to potable water supplies. I have often wondered how much it would cost per person — if all Western democracies contributed — to build permanent water treatment and/or water delivery systems to those who need it? I argued the need for this in my post The Next Gold.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. We certainly need more awareness of these issues.

  • http://satellitesky.blogspot.com OkieLawyer

    Shawn:

    I just watched a couple of your videos on YouTube. I want to say “thank you” for shedding a little light on this issue. I have done some focus on intergenerational poverty in the United States. But many of the same principles are valid worldwide.

    In the case of Bangladesh, wouldn’t much of the problem be related to lack of natural resources and inability to cope with natural disasters (typhoons, etc.)?

    In many parts of the world (including Bangladesh?) potable water is a major concern. It is my understanding that much of the conflict in Darfur is related to access to potable water supplies. I have often wondered how much it would cost per person — if all Western democracies contributed — to build permanent water treatment and/or water delivery systems to those who need it? I argued the need for this in my post The Next Gold.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. We certainly need more awareness of these issues.

  • Robert Jones

    “When I am responding to someone who makes it clear they are Muslim – I often cite the Qu’ran. When I am responding to someone who references Jesus Christ – I respond by quoting the Bible. When I believe someone is agnostic or atheist – I stick to facts, figures, and keep faith out of the picture.

    The reason for this is simple – though our beliefs differ, our goals should be the same: We. Must. End. Poverty.”

    That is the same attitude that Blessed Mother Theresa had, thank you for being someone who sees past differences….

  • Robert Jones

    “When I am responding to someone who makes it clear they are Muslim – I often cite the Qu’ran. When I am responding to someone who references Jesus Christ – I respond by quoting the Bible. When I believe someone is agnostic or atheist – I stick to facts, figures, and keep faith out of the picture.

    The reason for this is simple – though our beliefs differ, our goals should be the same: We. Must. End. Poverty.”

    That is the same attitude that Blessed Mother Theresa had, thank you for being someone who sees past differences….

  • Robert Jones

    “When I am responding to someone who makes it clear they are Muslim – I often cite the Qu’ran. When I am responding to someone who references Jesus Christ – I respond by quoting the Bible. When I believe someone is agnostic or atheist – I stick to facts, figures, and keep faith out of the picture.

    The reason for this is simple – though our beliefs differ, our goals should be the same: We. Must. End. Poverty.”

    That is the same attitude that Blessed Mother Theresa had, thank you for being someone who sees past differences….

  • http://amandasgallery.blogspot.com Amanda

    Religion, I had to comment here. If people basically had a decent moral standard,respect and generosity, I recon poverty wouldn’t even exist. Unfortunatly it is because of greed and power that the problems do exist. According to the bible in the first century A.C. the first christians lived in communities where nobody lacked anything. They stated that nothing was their own, they shared.

    wars are never caused by religion, they are caused by ignorance and manipulation of religion for selfish gain.

  • http://amandasgallery.blogspot.com Amanda

    Religion, I had to comment here. If people basically had a decent moral standard,respect and generosity, I recon poverty wouldn’t even exist. Unfortunatly it is because of greed and power that the problems do exist. According to the bible in the first century A.C. the first christians lived in communities where nobody lacked anything. They stated that nothing was their own, they shared.

    wars are never caused by religion, they are caused by ignorance and manipulation of religion for selfish gain.

  • http://amandasgallery.blogspot.com Amanda

    Religion, I had to comment here. If people basically had a decent moral standard,respect and generosity, I recon poverty wouldn’t even exist. Unfortunatly it is because of greed and power that the problems do exist. According to the bible in the first century A.C. the first christians lived in communities where nobody lacked anything. They stated that nothing was their own, they shared.

    wars are never caused by religion, they are caused by ignorance and manipulation of religion for selfish gain.

  • http://www.theroadtothehorizon.org Peter

    A better world. That is what we believe in.

    The choice of gods is different. The way we explain our existence in this world is different.

    But our beliefs are the same. A better world.

    Peter

  • http://www.theroadtothehorizon.org Peter

    A better world. That is what we believe in.

    The choice of gods is different. The way we explain our existence in this world is different.

    But our beliefs are the same. A better world.

    Peter

  • http://www.theroadtothehorizon.org Peter

    A better world. That is what we believe in.

    The choice of gods is different. The way we explain our existence in this world is different.

    But our beliefs are the same. A better world.

    Peter