2012-10-01 10:27:00

Georgian Orthodox Church, Muslim Board jointly condemn anti-Islam film

Tbilisi, October 1, Interfax - The Georgian Orthodox Church and the Georgian office of the South Caucasus Muslim Board circulated a joint statement to condemn the showing of the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims.

"Human rights protection implies culture in using freedom, that is, voluntary consideration of certain responsibility and duty, which is an inseparable part of freedom. The same can be said about freedom of expression, especially when it comes to such issues as somebody else's rights and religious and traditional values," the statement says.

Proceeding from this, the Georgian Orthodox Church and the Georgian office of the South Caucasus Muslim Board consider "unacceptable the public demonstration of the film Innocence of Muslims, which has insulted millions of people and caused justifiable outrage and protest worldwide."

Such problems arise from time to time in relation to both Islam and other religions, the statement says. "We have occasionally witnessed public insult of Christians' religious feelings, and, unfortunately, similar facts have taken place in Georgia," it says.

Such actions fuel religious enmity and pose a serious threat to peace in various countries and internationally, as they "provoke aggressive forms of protest, which is certainly absolutely unacceptable, but the world is facing this reality today."

"Everybody should take this into consideration and make their contribution so as to avoid such confrontation in the future," the statement says.