Council of Churches: Fitna Distorts Islam

April 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star

The Council of Churches Malaysia on Wednesday expressed concern over the release of the controversial movie Fitna made by Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders.

“The film, which is now posted on the web, highly criticises Islam, setting verses from the Quran against a background of violent images from terrorist attacks. "Wilders is provocative in his comments on selective readings of the Quran and seeks to present a distorted portrayal of Islam as a violent religion," said CCM general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri.

He said the CCM was in solidarity with the Council of Churches in Netherlands which had stated: “We strongly reject all contempt and slander aimed at the Quran and the Prophet Muhammed, just as we would not wish this with regard to the Bible and the Christian faith. We stress that Mr Wilders represents the vision of a small section of Dutch society. This vision is certainly not shared by the Dutch churches.”