Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders in New Zealand have joined to unreservedly condemn the film The Innocence of Muslimsand the violence it has caused, which has led to deaths around the world.
The Catholic Archbishop, John Dew, and Anglican Archbishops David Moxon and Brown Turei have united with Federation of Islamic Associations President Anwar Ghani and Wellington Regional Jewish Council Chairperson David Zwartz to speak out in this way.
They’re joined by Wellington's Anglican Bishop, Justin Duckworth, and retired Anglican bishop Richard Randerson, supported by the Race Relations Commissioner, Joris de Bres.
They say The Innocence of Muslims“was dishonestly made and presented, and designed to mislead, provoke hate, and cause harm.
“We unequivocally condemn the making and promotion of this irresponsible and inflammatory film and the resulting violence, which has seen the loss of innocent lives”.
“We call on all faith communities in New Zealand to remain calm and to strive to foster mutual understanding, counter hate, and promote dialogue, within and between our communities.”