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New Zealand faith leaders condemn film and violence


New Zealand Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders condemn film and violence

Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders spoke out today to unreservedly condemn the film and the violence that has led to tragic deaths around the world.

The joint statement was issued by Archbishop John Dew (Catholic), Archbishops David Moxon and Brown Turei (Anglican), Bishops Justin Duckworth and Richard Randerson (Anglican), Federation of Islamic Associations President Anwar Ghani and Wellington Regional Jewish Council Chairperson David Zwartz, supported by Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres.

They said that “The film, '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”.


Joris de Bres Race Relations Commissioner | Kaihautu Whakawhanaunga a Iwi |
Human Rights Commission | Te Kāhui Tika Tangata |


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