Her Excellency the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt
His Excellency the Speaker of the Parliament, Mogens Lykketoft
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.
Dear Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt and Speaker Lykketoft,
SaIaam and grace to you from Jerusalem.
I am writing to express my condolences to you and to the people of Denmark after the violent attacks in Copenhagen on Saturday. The perpetrator’s targets, a freedom of speech event and a synagogue, were clearly chosen to strike at the values held dear by the people of Denmark. We stand with you in strong opposition to all such acts of terror, extremism, and violence, wherever they occur in the world and whoever is the perpetrator. I hope that these incidents will only strengthen the people of Denmark to stand firm with the values of pluralism and freedom for all people.
Please know that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land is praying for the wounded and the grieving, and for you as a leader in this difficult time. Your struggle is our struggle; your grief is our grief.
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Bishop Dr. Munib Younan
Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
Our sincerest thanks to His Excellency, the Speaker of the Parliament, for his response:
Dear Honorable Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan,
Thank you for your very strong and kind words to me and the people of Denmark. I hope and believe that the terrible events will lead us to standing even closer together across different religions and political affiliations to Denmark the basic values of Danish democracy.
Speaker of the Parliament of Denmark