Govt Scores Derogatory Short Film About Islam

April 24, 2008

Author: Katrice R. Jalbuena

Source: The Manila Times

As one of the major advocates of religious tolerance through interfaith dialogue, the Philippines is denouncing as “offensive” the the recently released short film, Fitna, which attempts to explore the Que’ranic motivation for terrorism, Islamic universalism and Islam in the Netherlands.

The short film by the Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders was released through the internet on March. However, it has been deemed as offensive, and its critics have stated that it equates the religion of Islam with violence.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine government is proclaiming its solidarity with the Islamic world in denouncing the offensive content of the short film.