In the midst of challenges by different Christian gatherings, dubious parody bunch AIB on Monday offered an unrestricted expression of remorse to the group for any offense created to religious conclusions by their jokes. The gathering, under scanner of the Maharashtra government for facilitating the dubious AIB Knockout meal, which later became famous online on the web, met parts of the Archdiocese of Mumbai to clarify their point.
In the wake of gathering the cardinal Agnelo Gracias, Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, the AIB said in a post on Facebook, “the kind Archdiocese acknowledged the fact that we have never been against any community, nor do we bear any ill will towards any community.” In its statement of regret letter, the AIB said, “We would also like to reiterate that the jokes at the AIB Knockout were not intended as a form of persecution or malice towards any community, for that is not who we are, or what we stand for.”
The gathering, which has FIRs held up against it by Pune police, pointed out that after the gathering with the archdiocese that they arrived at an accord that “these matters are best comprehended by plain, tolerant discussion, not by pointless riffraff energizing or politicization or by taking up antagonistic positions for the purpose of eyeballs.”
“While performing our demonstrations, regardless of the subject, we never expect to damage anybody, however as a shocking outcome of the way of our calling, we here and there do. We are too bad. We might likewise want to urge that we have the most extreme appreciation for all religions and group and have never been against any group, nor do we bear any malevolence of any sort towards any group.” read the AIB letter.
Here’s what AIB said in its letter to the Archbishop of Bombay
Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay
We, Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Ashish Shakya, Rohan Joshi at AIB hereby offer an unconditional apology to the entire Christian community for any offense that may have been caused to its members as a result of the AIB Knockout. While performing our acts, no matter the subject, we never intend to hurt anyone, though we as an unfortunate consequence of the nature of our profession, we sometimes do. We are sorry.
We would also like to urge that we have the utmost respect for all religions and community and have never been against any community, nor do we bear any ill will of any kind towards any community. We also believe and support with complete certainty the notion that every community has the right to live with dignity, honour, and freedom from any form of persecution. We would also like to reiterate that the jokes at the AIB Knockout were not intended as a form of persecution or malice towards the Christian community or any other community, for that is not who we are, or what we stand for.
We’d also like to thank the Archdiocese of Mumbai for taking the time out to get its points across to us through patient, reasoned conversations with us about this issue. We are deeply grateful for the sincerity and dignity with which we’ve been received and hope that more debates and cultural arguments across the spectrum can be made with this same spirit of understanding and civility.
With sincere apologies,