On February 10, 2015, the speaker's brother and his wife were killed in a hate crime against their religion. The Barakats had shown nothing but kindness to their neighbor who brutally murdered them, however his hate for their religion was greater than their attempts to mend the relationship. This is a very real issue, and existed even before the Biafran conflict between the Christian Igbos and the other surrounding religions in the 1970s. This video identifies the issues of religious hatred, and why it is such a problem in the world today. The first person point of view of religious intolerance adds an incomparable picture of what it is like to be faced with discrimination on a daily basis. With so many different faiths believing in so many different deities and morals, we have to learn to accept one other for who we are as people rather than our system of faith.
Many people tend to believe that religion is "the root of all evil". While many terrorists and war groups claim that their motives are religious, often this is a cover-up for more selfish reasons, such as money and power. In this video, the man describes religion as a means to create harmony. The Biafran War was originally attributed to differences in religion, but viewing it from this lens reveals that this was a cover-up for the true reasons (it is also called a Social War). In this video, the man describes religion as a means to create harmony. In our society, we see many wars that are started on the basis of religious differences. It is our job as informed citizens to expose these people, and bring attention to the fact that it is not religion, but greed, that fuels the fire.
With so many different views about so many different issues, we all have to learn to deal with everyone else opinions, whether it be on something as simple as your favorite color, or something as complex as which Deity(ies) you chose to worship. It is important to hear that agreeing to disagree is so simple, especially from a child. While his points may seem so elementary, and put off the "its not THAT easy" vibe, it can be. There is no better way to demonstrate that religious intolerance is a childlike behavior than having a child tell you himself. The goal of this video is to explain (with humor) that there is a way that we can all live in peace with all of our quirks and difference.