Defending truth, not with force, but with the power of the Word alone

Freedom of religion and freedom of expression

Statement of the CPCE Executive Committee

From the introduction:

The conflicts over the printing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed raise basic questions about the handling of basic human rights in our societies. Freedom of expression, along with freedom of the media and the arts, is a key element of a human community of values, as much as freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe – The Leuenberg Church Fellowship (CPCE) stresses that churches have a responsibility to advocate freedom of expression. This calls for a responsible handling of freedom in general. Churches commit themselves to dialogue with believers as well as non-believers. It is the common task of all to contribute to the building of a peaceful and just society by means of dialogue. This is especially important where there is conflict and difference of opinion.

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