News ID: 8661
Publish Date: 02 July 2012 - 17:25
“Islamophobia is illogical and unacceptable issue,” said Russian Orthodox bishop, Patriarch Kirill in a meeting with Ayatollah Muhammad Ali Taskhiri, Head of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of thought.
"Unfortunately we are observing that some western countries fan the flames of this wave,” said the Christian scholar while taking such policy on the chin. Patriarch Kirill regards the work of the Commission for Orthodoxy-Islam Dialogue as a fine example of good relations between two religions: "We are devoted to our faiths. At the same time, relying on our religious beliefs, we exchange views on the problems of modern world and find out that we have much in common.

"The topic, which is now on the agenda of our dialogue, once again showed that we have common approaches to the issues of human rights in the modern world, the relationship between human rights and moral responsibility, and the place of traditional values in the life of people and society,” said the religious scholar.

According to Patriarch Kirill, participants in the dialogue consider that traditional values, including religious ones, should not be separated from life of modern society and should comply with human rights and freedoms thus helping our contemporaries to fulfill their spiritual, cultural and intellectual potential, and guiding them to do good to all. 

"We tell people that there is no person, however clever he is, and there is no institution, whatever authority it enjoys, that can claim to be the criterion of truth,” he underlined.

It is worth noting that Patriarch Kirill and Ayatollah Taskhiri took part last week in the 8th meeting on Religion and Human Rights of the Joint Russian-Iranian Commission for Orthodoxy-Islam Dialogue and discussed common issues between Islam and Christian.

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