14th of November, 2015
Statement on acts of violence in Paris and Beirut
The Faith Communities Council of Victoria has issued the following statement in response to the recent acts of violence in Paris and Beirut:
As leaders and people of faith, we offer our prayers and sympathies to family members and loved ones of those killed and wounded in Paris and Beirut. The loss of innocent life is senseless and we pray for the victims of these horrible attacks.
We unequivocally condemn these callous and senseless acts of violence - no belief, cause, or grievance justifies such acts of violence. We pray that the perpetrators are found and brought to justice.
We must remember these acts are committed by extremists, who although claim to be Muslims, do not represent the mainstream Muslim approach to religion or sanctity of life.
Faith Communities Council of Victoria is comprised of the following peak bodies:
Baha'i Community of Victoria, Brahma Kumaris Australia, Buddhist Council of Victoria,
Hindu Community Council of Victoria, Islamic Council of Victoria,
Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria and Victorian Council of Churches.