National Council of Churches of Singapore
(For immediate Release)
STATEMENT ON THE INTENTION BY PASTOR TERRY JONES TO BURN THE KORAN
9 September 2010
We in the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) join Christians around the world in deploring the intention of Pastor Terry Jones of Dove Outreach Centre in the United States to burn copies of the Koran. This act would be both offensive and hurtful to Muslims around the world and in Singapore. Such an act would be unchristian and a departure from the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ who tells His followers to love their neighbours and pray for all, including those who hate them, and to live in peace with all.
We pray that Terry Jones will recognise the error of his ways.
Provocative acts such as the burning of sacred texts of religious communities achieve nothing except to fan further hostility and violence. The various religious communities in Singapore have worked hard to create harmony, and mutual respect and understanding. We should not let what happens elsewhere affect our friendship and peace. We hope all of us will work harder to overcome religious extremism and gross disrespect of religions in all their forms.
Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, President, NCCS
Lim Kay Tham, General Secretary