The following is the text of the press statement issued by the All India Christian Council secretary general Dr John Dayal, Member, National Integration Council, Government of India.
"The Christian community in India has denounced the threat of a Pastor in Florida, USA, to burn a copy of the Holy Quran to "commemorate 9/11". This man today stands isolated in the world.
“This is not a Christian way to register one's anger and sorrow at the 9/11 act of wanton terrorism that left so many thousands dead. The best way to commemorate the memory of the innocent dead, and to protest that criminal action, is to resolve to denounce and renounce violence, especially religion-motivated violence.
“We in India who count amongst us almost 200 million Muslims, 26 million Christians and 20 million Sikhs, in a population of a billion and a quarter, understand the need for religious peace, inter-religious dialogue, and most importantly, the need of not identifying lunatic violent and fundamentalist fringes, with the populations of those faiths. Al Qaida does not represent the Islamic faith and this pastor certainly does not represent the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is carrying US constitutional freedom of expression to ridiculous and dangerous extremes. There can be violent consequences of his quixotic action across the world."