Statement from Faithnetsouthwest on a response to the tragic events in Woolwich
The tragic event in Woolwich on Wednesday 22 May shocked the nation and such acts of violence and terror have no place in our society. Our thoughts are with Lee Rigby's family.
Only one week previously, the Bristol Multi Faith Forum had gathered to discuss how the rise of extremism can be counteracted and how vulnerable some people are to the messages of violence in the name of religion.
Violence only breeds more violence and we can unite in condemning such acts. However, the true strength of our response should be grounded in the strength of building good relationships with all communities, respect for one another and the importance of working together for the good of all. Whether we are people of faith or no faith, we are united in our conviction and responsibility for making and maintaining strong and united communities. When events like those in Woolwich happen it is so important that everyone does what they can individually and in partnership to create a more heart centered, positive peaceful society which celebrates diversity. This is the best response to violence, so that those who perpetrate such acts only achieve the opposite of their distorted aims.
Rev. Jon Doble Alistair Beattie
Chair Faithnetsouthwest Chief Executive
, Faithnet Southwest
, Social Action