Cartoons, 10 Feb 2006

National Council of Churches of Singapore
Official Statement

 

Publication of Cartoons

A Statement Prepared by the National Council of Churches of Singapore

10 Feb 2006

The National Council of Churches of Singapore deplores the recent publication of cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in ways that have deeply offended the sensitivities of Muslims around the world and in Singapore. Indeed we disapprove of any deed or move that is disrespectful of religion or of any religious figure who is held sacred by a religious community.

It has become fashionable to depict religions through the media and films in ways that are offensive to religious communities, and the outcome can only be increased ill-will and hostility. Our society must be on guard against such trends.

It cannot be right, under any circumstances, to offend the sensitivity of any religious group.

We, however, urge those whose sensitivities had been offended by the said cartoons to react civilly and in ways that are peaceful.

MOST REVD DR JOHN CHEW

President

National Council of Churches of Singapore

LIM K THAM

General Secretary (Hon)

National Council of Churches of Singapore