The Rt Revd Humphrey S Peters, of the Church of Pakistan, recently led various Christian political leaders, elders, and religious leaders in condemning the publication of blasphemous cartoons by the French media. This procession and protest rally was widely covered by the print and electronic media, and thus protected by a large number of police. On 1 February, after the Sunday prayers, members of the congregation and leaders from all the Christian denominations formed a mile long procession which marched through famous streets of Peshawar. Afterwards, in a press conference, Revd Peters said that the whole Christian community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA strongly condemned publication of the blasphemous cartoons against Islam. The “Free Media, or freedom of speech and expression does not mean that one should take the liberty to hurt feelings of the followers of other religions.” He said. “We are here to let the French government know that publication of any kind of blasphemous material in the garb of Free Media will not be tolerated. He added, “Irresponsible freedom of expression causes hatred and creates misunderstanding between civilizations”. He further said that Pakistani Christians respect all other religions of the world, and believe in religious harmony and coexistence of various religions.
This article was reprinted with permission from the Methodist Church in Britain. It originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of World Church Relationships News Bulletin.