Statement of Agreement between Muslims and Christians on Human Rights and Violence
We agree with article 18 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948): “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
We also agree that there should be no compulsion in religion, whether to accept or reject.
We agree that religious communities should have freedom to practice their religion.
Religion and Violence
We, Muslims and Christians, agree that violence should not be used to spread faith.
We agree that religion should not be a source of violence.
We, Christians and Muslims, hold that believers should not initiate violence and that they should strive to minimize violence in thought, word, and deed. Freedom of expression should be used within the boundaries of mutual respect.
Both of our religions condemn the killing of innocent people (Surah 6, Ayah 151; Surah 17: Ayah 33; Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5: 21-22)
We condemn terrorism in all its forms, whether it originates from individuals, groups, or governments.
Both Christians and Muslims call upon their followers to strive for peace, justice, and well-being of fellow human beings. (Leviticus 19:18, 33-34; Matthew 5:9; 22:39; Qur’an 17:26).
Signed by: Muslim Christian Dialogue of the United States
Mr. Bonn Clayton, Christian co-chair, Muslim-Christian Dialogue, Minnesota
Reverend Tim Decker, Assemblies of God
Dr. Irfan Khan, Director, Association of Quranic Understanding, Chicago
Dr. Tony Maalouf, Professor of Biblical Studies, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, Fort Worth Texas
Dr. Terence Nichols, Professor, Theology Dept., University of St. Thomas
Dr. Adil Ozdemir, Clinical Professor, University of St. Thomas