The archbishop, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, co-wrote an opinion piece in The Denver Post with the commission's vice chairwoman, Elizabeth H. Prodromou, after Musharraf delivered a speech at the United Nations calling for "enlightened moderation" to bridge a growing divide between Islamic and Western governments.
In the Sept. 19 speech Musharraf said that to build such bridges "it is imperative to end racial and religious discrimination against Muslims and to prohibit the defamation of Islam."
"Musharraf's action plan suggests it is Western countries that must change their behavior toward Muslims, and not the other way around," Archbishop Chaput and Prodromou wrote in the Sept. 28 issue of the Post.
"Musharraf fails to address the urgent need to bring 'enlightened moderation' to his own country, where intolerance and violence is aimed at both Muslims and non-Muslims," they said.
"Currently, sectarian and religiously motivated violence persists in Pakistan, particularly by Sunni Muslim militants, against Shiite Muslims, Ahmadis, Hindus and Christians," they wrote. "Perpetrators of attacks on religious minorities are seldom brought to justice. Pakistan's nearly 4 million Ahmadis are prevented by law from fully practicing their faith."
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Chaput criticizes religious intolerance in Pakistan
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