New York, NY - February 12, 2016
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) appreciates the unified effort of the respected scholars who have issued the Marrakesh Declaration, and their desire to fight extremism and violence as a crime against the whole of mankind.
“We appreciate the fact that Muslim authorities from all over the world are committed to taking a stand in favor of the protection of religious minorities in Muslim majority countries. Autonomy and freedom of religion are of the utmost importance in order to keep peace within human societies,” Bp Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the WEA said.
“Guaranteeing the same political and cultural rights for all religious and ethnic groups in a country means safeguarding and promoting peace and understanding. We especially recommend that this statement be studied by political as well as religious decision makers in all countries of the Middle East and Asia, with their many multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies,” Bp Tendero continued, adding that “from its very beginning in 1846, fighting for religious freedom for all religious groups (not only for Christians) has been a foundational principle of the WEA, which offers friendly cooperation to anyone who helps to establish religious freedom anywhere in the world.”
The text of the Marrakesh Declaration and information about the conference can be found at www.marrakeshdeclaration.org.
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving and representing more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign. For more info e-mail at [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.