Center For Religious Tolerance Opens at Rice

April 29, 2004

Source: Rice News

On April 29, 2004 Rice News reported, "The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, which was formally announced April 22, was made possible by a gift from Dr. Milton Boniuk and his wife, Laurie. 'Advancing the cause of religious tolerance is surely one of the greatest challenges of our age,' said Rice President Malcolm Gillis. 'The Boniuk Center will be concerned with tolerance for all religions: the three Abrahamic religions, Hinduism, Buddhism and others.' The Boniuk Center has two primary aims: 1) to create a scholarly archive of writings, documents and historical evidence of religious tolerance; and 2) to establish and foster a code of religious conduct or tolerance. Boniuk, an ophthalmologist and full-time clinical faculty member of the Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine, said he envisions a code of religious tolerance that the mainstream of all religions could embrace and accept. He said he looked forward to seeing Rice students, faculty and staff members embrace the code and hoped it would be adopted by other universities, religious congregations, public and private preparatory schools, as well as major corporations and labor organizations."