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Lutheran urges mutual understanding
Stresses the key role of religious leaders in combating extremismThe bishop addressing the forum
- Francis Chan, Petaling Jaya
- March 14, 2011
â€śChristians and Muslims must try to understand others as others want to be understoodâ€ť rather than through media reports or the actions of extremists. By understanding the essence of each otherâ€™s religion, â€śwe will find many common values,â€ť the Palestinian bishop said.
Stressing the key role of religious leaders in combating extremism, he said: â€śChristian leaders have to defend moderate Muslims and Muslim leaders have to defend moderate Christians.â€ť
The Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land was speaking to more than 300 Christians and Muslims at a forum held March 12 at the Lutheran Centre in Petaling Jaya, outside Kuala Lumpur.
One way of developing mutual understanding is for Muslims to take a short course in Christianity and for Christians do a short course on Islam, he said.