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Interfaith forum slams in Tehran France's anti-Islamic rhetoric

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

Clerics from major monotheistic religions gathered in Tehran for an important goal: to promote peace based on religious commonalities.

Delegates representing Islam, Christianity and Judaism unanimously agreed that the root cause of intolerance and extremism lies in the lack of dialog among religious leaders.

This session comes against the backdrop of repeated acts of blasphemy in France against the sanctities of Muslims.

Scholars here slammed the French government for lending its support to the growing anti-Islamic rhetoric in the country.

President Emanuel Macron argues that he seeks to promote freedom of speech. These people say freedom of expression is praiseworthy as long as it does not contradict the right to the freedom of religion.

Iran is home to different religious minorities from Christians and Jews to Zaroastrians; all are represented in the parliament.

Scholars believe peaceful coexistence among religions hinges on a collective effort by religious leaders to sit and talk based on their commonalities.

Representatives of different religions here say what the French president describes as freedom of speech is in fact freedom of hate speech, not only against the sanctities of Muslims but against all monotheistic religions, since they believe in the same God and honor each other's prophets.

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