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"Fitna" Insult to Religions: World Churches [using large font size is not allowed]


Thu. Apr. 3, 2008

By Hadi Yahmid, IOL Correspondent



PARIS — The World Council of Churches has reviled an anti-Qur'an film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders as an insult to all religions and an attempt to incite hatred.


"We believe this film does not represent the view of the Dutch people or Christians regarding Islam," Rima Barsoum, the WCC coordinator for Christian-Muslim relations, told IslamOnline(contact admin if its a beneficial link) on Thursday, April 3.


"Like Muslims we are convinced it doesn't show the truth about Islam."


Last week, MP Wilders released a documentary entitled "Fitna", an Arabic word for sedition or strife.


The 15-minute intersperses images of terror attacks with verses from the Noble Qur'an.


"The film is an affront to all faiths, not only Islam," said Barsoum.


"It insults the faithful who believe that religions are all about peace, fraternity, love and co-existence."


She noted that Dutch churches were among the first to warn against the anti-Qur'an documentary.


A joint delegation from the Council of Churches and Muslim organizations in the Netherlands toured Muslim countries before the film release.


"It is reprehensible when that which is sacred in our religions is ridiculed and our faith offended," they said in a joint statement.


"We therefore strongly reject all contempt and slander aimed at the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad, just as we would not wish this with regard to the Bible and the Christian faith."


Responsible Freedom


The church official gainsaid attempts to use the West's freedom of expression to justify anti-Islam campaigns.


"The WCC believes that the freedom of expression comes with respect and responsibility.


"It doesn't mean insulting the sanctities of followers of other faiths."


Barsoum said Muslims have become part of the European social fabric.


"Islam is part of Europe's multi-faith reality," she told IOL.


"Therefore, the European society must accept this and show respect to its Muslims."


Barsoum said Muslim-Christians dialogue could undermine the ferocity of campaigns satirizing faiths.


"We have to stand up against extremists, whether Muslims or Christians, and focus on boosting coexistence between Muslims, Christians and followers of other faiths."


The Geneva-based WCC, which groups over 560 million Christians in 349 churches around the world, last month urged its members to engage Muslim scholars seeking inter-faith cooperation to promote justice and peace.


"We must encourage dialogue and meetings between religious leaders and urge the media to play a robust role in promoting coexistence and mutual respect," said Barsoum.


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the WCC is correct. "fitna" movie is indeed an insult to all faiths




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"Fitna" is hate speech! Therefore Geert Wilders , who is a Zionist, has committed a criminal offense so he should tried and imprisoned for insulting and slandering Muslims and Islam.

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:sl: dear muslims


Such is the standards of the west to not imprison this guy.


yet we Muslims are the first to critise ourselves for being to "aggressive" and ignore the hate filled garbaing inciting hatred and Anti-Islamic Jargon to the Non-Muslim Youth.


Good to see there has been a lot of condemnation, but i feel more should have been done to the idiot who made this movie, we all know what would happen if a Muslim came close to "Hate speech".

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In many countries, deliberate use of hate speech is a criminal offence prohibited under incitement to hatred legislation. However, the West allows this Zionist Geert Wilders to degrade, intimidate, or incite violence or prejudicial action against Muslims based on their religion Islam that reflects the hypocrisy of the West and the double standard practised by the West towards Muslims.


I still remember how the treacherous Dutch peace-keepers deliberately cooperated with Serbian terrorists and allowed the Serbian terrorists to slaughter tens of thousands of innocent Muslim men and boys, and torture, rape, and kill many women and children, which occured from July 12 through July 18, in and near the UN declared "safe area" of Srebrenica. The massacre was carried out after the commander of the UNPROFOR (United Nations Protection Force), General Bertrand Janvier, refused to carry out UNPROFOR's mandate to defend the Safe Area and handed it over to Serbian army General Ratko Mladic.


The HYPOCRISY of the WEST is very CLEAR !

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