The Arizona Interfaith Movement will honor Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch at its ninth annual Golden Rule Awards Banquet March 25 at the Mesa Convention Center. Knoblauch has spoken to more than 10,000 people in the past four years “spreading the voice of tolerance and respect,” according to his website,

The Arizona Interfaith Movement honors individuals or organizations “living out” the Golden Rule, a universal life principle contained in most faith traditions and many secular codes of ethics, according to a release. 

The organization will also honor Jerry Colangelo; AZ Brainfood; the Queen Creek High School football team; Casa Maria, Tucson Diocese; and the Virginia G. Piper Foundation led by Executive Director Judy Mohraz. 

Phoenix broadcaster and KTAR News executive Pat McMahon will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. 

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a “Faith Fair” reception where many different faith traditions will provide a representative to answer questions. The dinner and program starts at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets for the event are $80 each or $600 for a table of eight. Proceeds will benefit Golden Rule in Action events educational programs and the mission of the Arizona Interfaith Movement.

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Carl Goldberg

The article says: "the Golden Rule, a universal life principle contained in most faith traditions ." Notice that it correctly does not say "all faith traditions". This is important. The most notable faith tradition which does not have a "Golden Rule" is, of course, Islam. The Islamic sacred text, the Koran, is considered to be Allah's literal word, and here are three things that Allah has to say about non-Moslems:
1 – Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. 8:55
2 – The unbelievers are your open enemy. 4:101
3 – Muhammad is God’s Apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. 48:29

In Islam, Allah says that Moslems are to be treated one way while non-Moslems are to be treated quite differently. There is no Golden Rule in Islam.

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