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Muslims, Christians Praise Each Other

Three Day Conference Helps End Tension Between Groups

ICC Note

Christians living in predominately Muslim countries such as Iran , Iraq , Egypt , Jordan , Somalia and the like face severe persecution simply due to their choice to follow Jesus Christ. All interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims should emphasize the importance of respecting freedom of religion for these Christian minorities.

08/09/2008 Islam (OttawaCitizen.Com)-Two prominent evangelical Christians praised their dialogue with Muslim leaders Thursday at the end of a three-day conference seeking ways to ease tensions between the world’s two largest faiths.

Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Geoff Tunnicliffe, World Evangelical Alliance international director, said some in their ranks had criticized their participation as a concession to Islam.

But both told the final session they were able to openly discuss their religious differences with Muslim participants while agreeing to work to find more common ground with them.

“Our differences are deep and real,” said Mr. Anderson of the Washington-based association. “But I have been especially impressed this week with the comfortable candour with which Muslims and Christians have clearly stated their own doctrines to one another.”

In their final statement, participants affirmed their support for freedom of religion and mutual respect, important points for Christians who say Muslim-majority countries curtail rights of religious minorities and for Muslims who accuse Western societies of widespread prejudice against Islam.

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