If each religion were to police itself and rid itself of those who are intolerant (they would have to rid themselves of their own fundamentalists) I would think even that would work. But it is not the case.
I have never come across a religion that discourages its fundamentalists, indeed they are secretely proud of them. I know Catholics for instance that while not themselves willing to kill doctors who perform abortions, they have commented that it was no great loss when their radicals bombed clinics or shot doctors, nurses and patients!
Without ridding ourselves of the arbitrary (and therefore irrational) dogma in our religions I fail to see how we will ever arrive at the chimera of peace.
There was a Statement Addressed to the World's Religious Leaders of the World in 2002 by the Universal House of Justice the Supreme governing body of the Baha'i Faith which was distributed to all major religious leaders in communities all over the earth..... I also personally helped deliver this same Statement to the local religious leaders in my own community a few years ago... and it was well received, especially by representatives of the Inter Faith Council who of course already share the same goals.
The full text of the Statement is available at
and reads in part:
"Tragically, organized religion, whose very reason for being entails service to the cause of brotherhood and peace, behaves all too frequently as one of the most formidable obstacles in the path; to cite a particular painful fact, it has long lent its credibility to fanaticism...
If religious leadership is to rise to the challenge that this latter perception represents, such response must begin by acknowledging that religion and science are the two indispensable knowledge systems through which the potentialities of consciousness develop. ....
With every day that passes, danger grows that the rising fires of religious prejudice will ignite a worldwide conflagration the consequences of which are unthinkable. Such a danger civil government, unaided, cannot overcome. Nor should we delude ourselves that appeals for mutual tolerance can alone hope to extinguish animosities that claim to possess Divine sanction. The crisis calls on religious leadership for a break with the past as decisive as those that opened the way for society to address equally corrosive prejudices of race, gender and nation. Whatever justification exists for exercising influence in matters of conscience lies in serving the well-being of humankind. At this greatest turning point in the history of civilization, the demands of such service could not be more clear. "The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable", Bahá'u'lláh urges, "unless and until its unity is firmly established."
A Statement though can only have limited force if it is not truly implemented on the local level where mosty people live every day and that's why it's so important to have such organizations as an Inter faith Council to pursue these goals day to day in the communities.