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People on Interfaith walk in Surrey hope to promote acceptance

Interfaith walk in Surrey (Sonia Aslam, NEWS 1130 Photo)

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Encouraging love over fear and acceptance over tolerance: A small group of people came together this morning for an Interfaith walk, following recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut.

Atheists, Muslims, Christians, and Hindus walked side by side, in hopes others will follow in their steps and find strength in coming together.

Scott Reynolds with the Surrey Interfaith Council is one of the organizers and is disturbed and saddened by the recent attacks.

“It’s just good for people to know that there are others who care about them — that the world sees and that the world is willing to respond in ways, both large and small, to stand alongside.”

One woman says “tolerance” is no longer the right message. “Tolerance is that we still have differences, but ‘I tolerate you.’ That’s not it. Acceptance is what is importance, not tolerance.”

Others on the walk feel the same and are optimistic a small gesture like this can bring about change.