His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Ambassador to the United States, and Lord Carey of Clifton, former Archbishop of Canterbury, co-chairmen of the Council of One Hundred Leaders (C-100) West-Islamic World Dialogue of the World Economic Forum, today called the publication of offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad deplorable.
“The publication of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad in Danish, French and other media is deplored by all people who wish to see peace and harmony prevailing in our fractured world,” Prince Turki and Lord Carey of Clifton said in a statement issued today in Geneva.
“On behalf of the members of the C-100 of the World Economic Forum representing Western and Muslim civilizations, we do not accept this insult to one of the most revered figures in a world faith.“ They added that freedom of speech must always be accompanied by “responsible judgment, recognizing that no one should act in ways that might inflame violence” and call upon everyone to uphold “the values common among our faiths” and appealed to “leaders everywhere to show the courage of true leadership in encouraging moderation and mutual respect. We should all embrace those steps that can promote harmony and avoid division.”
They warned that acts of violence, retaliation and destruction only deepen division and appealed “to all people of good will to join together to overcome what may otherwise tear us apart. Conflict is not inevitable. We share a common humanity which faces alarming global challenges; poverty, HIV/AIDS and environmental pollution. These are our real enemies. We should not be distracted from the unity needed to address them.”