Mohammed caricatures: the Government of Québec calls for non-violence and dialogFebruary 12, 2006
MONTRÉAL, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - In recent weeks, the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in many European newspapers has outraged Muslim communities around the world and in some cases sparked violence. The
Immigration and cultural communities minister Lise Thériault understands the disappointment and suffering that Muslims have experienced following the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The Muslim community is active and vital to Québec's growth. Furthermore, it is a peaceful community, as it has demonstrated on a number of occasions by promoting non-violence.
"Since our election, we have built strong ties with the Muslim community, as with all cultural communities in Québec. This reflects our mutual desire to better understand each other and share our values," expressed Mrs. Thériault.
These events make us aware of the realities of the Muslim community around the world and in Québec. They also remind us of the importance of strengthening intercultural dialog to ensure a better understanding of Islam.
The freedom of expression recognized in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms is a central value of Québec society. However, it must be used responsibly in order not to spread prejudice against an entire community.
Source: Marie-Hélène Paradis
Information: Michèle Hudon