This is a question I had for my friend Aquinas, but I would love other people’s insight as well. How we go about engaging in inter-faith dialogue seems to be as much as an issue as the particulars of our individual beliefs.
In as much as inter-faith dialogue and international diplomacy are related, what are your thoughts on President Reagan insisting that Gorbachev “tear down this wall” and President Obama’s expression of “deep concerns” regarding the Iranian election? Do you think these statements were diplomatically wise? Is there room in inter-faith dialogue for similar confrontations or expressions of deep concern. Do these statements have any value in diplomacy and could they have similar value in inter-faith dialogue.
[please note: this is a question about inter-faith dialogue not politics. I don’t moderate heavily but let’s please not debate the war in Iraq. Mention it sparingly and in context of inter-faith dialogue if at all. Also, I am not raising this question in an attempt to compare Mormonism to Communism or the current Iranian regime so please don’t accuse me of such.]