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      Recently we read in the press that over 1000 Muslim scholars and imams of India have issued a fatwa against the leader, fighters and followers of the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State (ISIS). In the fatwa the religious scholars “strongly condemned the actions of the IS”. They censured ISIS of “guilty of committing heinous murders of innocent human beings, clicking images of their horrific misdeeds and showing them to the world through live videos and Internet posts, and at the same time, wrongly claiming these to be "Islamic Acts done lawfully as per the Shariah (Islamic Law)”. The scholars emphatically stated that the IS or ISIS actions were "absolutely inhuman and added that Islam never permits such unlawful acts under any circumstances" (http://www.aninews.in//newsdetail2/story232476/over-1000-indian-islamic-scholars-issue-world-039-s-biggest-fatwa-against-isis.html).

During its winter session, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, aware of:

  • the rise of the racism and the intolerance in Europe,
  • the seriously fatal importance for the democracy and the social cohesion which the speech of hatred takes on and its destructive consequences for the human dignity,
  • the role that the civil society has to play in Europe to fight it,

 decided the creation of a Workgroup on The fight against the speech of hatred.

How, as Christians, this question calls out and how to answer it? How the Church reacts? Our national associations are invited to feed the contribution of Pax Romana to this workgroup.