Church group denounces ‘senseless’ terror attacks

By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) on Wednesday denounced what it described as “senseless” the terror attacks in New Zealand and Nigeria recently.

“PCEC denounces with utmost indignation these senseless terror attacks, which violate all norms of human decency and blatantly defy the true, peaceful teachings and religious morality of Christianity, Islam, and all established religions,” the group said in a statement.

 Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC / MANILA BULLETIN)

In expressing their sympathies and prayers to the families and loved ones of the innocent victims of the attacks, the PCEC said a terrorist attack against anyone, anywhere, is an attack on us all.

“While the attacks in New Zealand and Nigeria occurred overseas, they are not detached from the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral and a Mahardika mosque in Zamboanga City earlier this year,” read the statement.

“We are all united in our common humanity, so that a terrorist attack against anyone, anywhere, is an attack on us all. We all are, as individual persons and as a community of nations, each other’s keeper, “ it further read.

PCEC called on its Evangelical Christian constituents in the country to strive toward breaking down walls of discrimination and prejudice in the society.

“Let us remember how terrorism inculcates, promotes, and draws its strength from prejudice, discrimination and hatred of others within society. Terrorism can only thrive in hatred,” said the group.

“Let us show that hatred and violence will never have the final word, but peace that comes from the love of God and of our neighbor,” PCEC added.

PCEC said they are one with all people of goodwill around the world in calling for justice for the victims of the recent assaults.

In Christchurch, New Zealand, 50 worshiping Muslims were killed on March 15 by a local extremist. More than a hundred people were also killed by terrorists in the predominantly Christian villages of Nigeria’s Kaduna, Benue, and Zamfara states since February.

 
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