Statement on religious hatred

Statement on religious hatred

‘But I tell you who hear me; love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.’

From the teachings of Jesus Christ, Luke Chapter 6:verses 27-28

The values and practices of Release International, their staff, volunteers and partners around the world are informed by the teachings of Jesus Christ and the inspired teachings and writings contained within the Holy Bible. We affirm the spirit and contents of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — 10 December 1948 — and hold its content as being consistent with our values.

Therefore we are opposed to religious intolerance and religious hatred, and support freedom of religion for all people of all faiths.

We seek to tell only the truth about persecution of Christians around the world and will only publish information received from, and authenticated by, partners who are fully trusted, or from respected media sources. We work only to see justice served and the rights of individuals protected. We do not wish to inflame situations or malign other beliefs, and references to conversions to Christianity are intended as a testimony to the transforming power of Jesus Christ working in the individual lives and circumstances and not to provoke derision or criticism of other faiths, religious cultures and belief systems.

The abuse and persecution of Christians around the world is an escalating trend and may cause shock, dismay or even anger to other Christians. It is important that these incidents are investigated, reported and acted upon.

However, it is never our intention to incite hatred or adverse reaction. The teachings of Jesus Christ are clear and unambiguous, requiring that every individual seeking to practise the Christian faith is called to ‘love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you’.

In keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ, we honour those who today live in challenging environments but choose the path of obedience, faith and trust, regardless of the consequences. We are instructed by the teachings of Jesus Christ to love our neighbour be they Buddhist, Hindu, Jew, Muslim or those of any other faith or belief system and witness to them by our example, and out of genuine concern for them.

If you are reading this page and you belong to another religion or no religion, we want you to know that our prayer for you is that you may one day know the peace and joy in your life that comes through salvation in Jesus Christ.