Christian Leaders Offer Statements in Support of Muslim Neighbors in Wake of Attacks

July 8, 2005

Source: Ekklesia

On July 8, 2005 Ekklesia reported, "Churches and other faith groups in multi-ethnic areas of Britain are working together to ensure that community relations are not damaged as a result of perceptions about possible radical Islamist involvement in yesterday’s London bomb attacks. Among those to have spoken out in support of their Islamic neighbours in the wake of the London terror bombs are the diocesan and area Bishops of the Anglican Diocese of Lichfield. Before a service of Evensong at Lichfield Cathedral where prayers were said for all those caught up in the attacks, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield, said: 'Living near most of us will be families who are quite worried that they may be identified with a terror attack simply because they are from another faith. I want us to do what we can to reassure them that we recognise that just as the IRA has nothing to do with Christianity; so this kind of terror has nothing to do with any of the world faiths.'"