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Council of Churches complain about extremism and bigotry

International news broadcaster CNN picked up on the story of the assault on two nuns in Seremban which happened on Wednesday.

CNN titled its report ‘Hate Crime on Christian Nun‘ (14 May 2104).

Hate Crime on Christian Nun - CNN iReport
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1132446?ref=feeds%2Fnewsiest

MSN News, another international news website similarly aggregated the same news.

The report quoted Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) general-secretary Reverend Hermen Shastri as saying in a statement:

“The voices of antagonism and hatred have been on the increase in the country and it would be no surprise if the attack on the nuns were not conspired by those out to cause inter-religious conflict in the country.

“The police must investigate this case of outright religious intimidation and fear creation and bring those responsible to justice”.

Press-statement-UITM-seminar.pdf

CCM’s earlier complaint last week:

The instance of the controversial seminar that was held at the Universiti Teknoloji Mara (UiTM) is a case in point.

The following are apparent and a matter of urgent concern.

1. The speakers at the forum apparently want to promote bigoted religious views and cast suspicion of the religious other.

2. The authorities at the UiTM have allowed for such seminars at their premises indicating that academic authorities are willing to tolerate and perhaps even promote a certain brand of religious teaching to promote a certain agenda.

3. That sadly, the government of the day has been consistently lethargic in countering interfaith discourse that fringe on extremism and bigotry.

4. And that certain quarters of the press wish to highlight and give prominence to views of some “controversial” scholars or teachers who do not enjoy mainstream support.

In order for the cause of inter-religious understanding and peaceful coexistence to prosper in this country, universal values shared by all religions should be taught and inculcated among students.

The fact that our country has reached an all time low in interfaith relations is not surprising given the almost weekly occurrence of some form of bigoted view of religion being given high prominence in the country.

Rev. Dr. Hermen Shastri

General Secretary

http://ccmalaysia.org/index.php/2014/05/cfm-media-statement-seminar-at-uitm-7-may-2014/

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21 thoughts on “Council of Churches complain about extremism and bigotry

  1. And Shastri, Lawrence and Pakiam and that Moon could all take credit for the level of religious intolerance that exists and for radicalizing an otherwise tolerant and generous population from the other side.

  2. What goes around comes around.

    But why so quick to blame the incident on extremists and religious bigots? These people can also see in the dark, no doubt by the powers granted them by their holy spirits.

    I guess if you drink enough holy water you can begin to hallucinate, don’t you think so?

      1. Helen, the Heat believes DAP can’t seems to get the Malays to be on their side-a Malay Dilemma, its reckon. What say you?

        By the way in the same issue J. Ann Surin had talks about Hudud too, can you please give her article the spotlight it deserves. Ehem.

        The Cinas are disowning Miss Ting in droves. Lets see whether they’ll do the same to Miss Yeap when she say her syahadah soon. But for now they are drooling over her in the latest FHM!

        1. re: “the Heat believes DAP can’t seems to get the Malays to be on their side-a Malay Dilemma, its reckon. What say you?”

          I can’t read the article online as I’m not a subscriber. But what I will not is that the English online media are almost all controlled by pro-Pakatan.

          re: “By the way in the same issue J. Ann Surin had talks about Hudud too, can you please give her article the spotlight it deserves. Ehem.”

          Ditto above.

          re: “The Cinas are disowning Miss Ting in droves. Lets see whether they’ll do the same to Miss Yeap when she say her syahadah soon. But for now they are drooling over her in the latest FHM!”

          What is Felixia Yeap not wearing on the FHM cover?

          1. Best left unsaid, Helen. You might wanna check out the spreads. But best left unsaid. I guess the Muslims just need to bersangka baik on her.

            1. ‘Save your credit, I’am unfazed, this is Dyana lah’

              Is she taking cue from @reginalah ?

              Bird of a feather…

    1. re: “But why so quick to blame the incident on extremists and religious bigots?”

      The spreaders of LOVE have a guilty conscience?

      1. It is easy to understand the psyche of these Evangelista faction if you have read George Orwell’s 1984. In it the Ministry of Love deals with law and order but actually dishes out hate, torture and brainwashing. The Ministry of Truth deals with propaganda and spread lies. And the Ministry of Peace is in charge of war.

        So it is the same for Dapster-Evangelists – Love equates to hate, Bangsa malaysia equates to Ketuanan Kristian and no NEP. Malaysian Malaysia means “hate Malays”.

        1. There is also the Ministry of Holy Water in charge of selling holy water to unsuspecting consumers.

      2. Helen

        We don’t even know as yet whether it is a robbery or hate crime. If it is a robbery I will bet my last ringgit that these people are high on drugs because no one will rob two old ladies, expecting to carry a lot of money?

        Rgds.

        1. From FMT report:

          Parish priest John Gnanapiragasam said: “There have been numerous incidents of break-ins into cars within church premises and surroundings, and snatch thefts that have been reported to the police. […]

          “Contrary to numerous initial reports and unwarranted speculations and biased interpretations by others, two of our 13 CCTV cameras have captured part of the incident as it occurred … “Based on our CCTV recording, at 6.05am a passing motorcyclist, on seeing potential victims, makes a U-turn and rides into Gate 2, a minute after the sisters’ car had driven in.

          “The assailant, wearing a screened crash helmet and with a lighted torch in hand, runs after the two sisters, who dressed in everyday clothes.

          “The assailant is seen running towards his motorcycle and taking off at 06.07am. […]

          Gnanapiragasam criticised comments about the incident made on the Internet and in the conventional media that he said had “sensationalised and politicised” the incident.

          http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/05/16/priest-calls-for-police-presence-in-church-area/

          1. He is very smart to ask for a police pondok set up at churches. I say police pondok must be set up at all mosques too. And what about temples, shouldn’t temples, Buddhists or Hindus be having a polis pondok too? I believes it should.

            What about schools then?

      3. Dear Aunty Helen,

        TMI seems to be very interested in this incident. In one of its articles, TMI tried to give the idea that this was not just a robbery.

        In another article TMI reported that the nuns were wearing ordinary clothes; how could TMI readers are very sure that the attacker knew that the victims are nun when they were in ordinary clothes?

        And in the another article, TMI wrote that there are lots of “snatch thefts and wayside robberies” in the area; so I do not think that it is impossible that the incident was a robbery.

        Anyway most of TMI readers think that it was a hate crime and some blamed Muslims and even ISMA.

        I wonder what is TMI’s agenda by instigated hatred towards the Muslims. Any idea, Aunty Helen?

        1. re: “I wonder what is TMI’s agenda by instigated hatred towards the Muslims. Any idea, Aunty Helen?”

          Ask KJ.

  3. Is it Jacqueline’s urine or Jacqueline Surin. Hard to tell from her written pieces (claiming to be enlightenment for the masses) they all smell the same.

    And woe betide any of you who dares o challenge her views on anything. She will correct grammar and style distort your views to suit hers then publish it, still crediting you as writer when such actions of transforming someone elses work into your own is no longer that someone elses work.

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