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Manchester suicide bomb attack 22nd May 2017

Speech delivered by William Duncan, Chair of the Northampton Inter Faith Forum, at the Vigil, All Saints, 23rd May.

Many political and religious leaders have expressed their condemnation and horror of the the barbaric act of violence in the centre of Manchester last night. The members of the Northampton Inter Faith Forum totally share the condemnation and horror.

We want to make clear that the one man's act of appalling violence has no place within any of the faiths. We must not allow a tiny minority to create blame by association and damage the good relations that have developed between people of different faiths.

Terrorists try to create fear and distrust. Their attacks are also attacks on our values. We will make sure that they do not succeed.

I wish to quote the Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend David Walker, who chairs and convenes meetings of all the faith leaders from Greater Manchester.
The Bishop said:

“We have good relations between the Mosques, Synagogues, Churches, Temples and all the different faith communities, and those of no faith at all but who have a strong humanitarian tradition. We know each other well. We are used to coming together. We'll keep those channels of communication open. Love wins.”

And he reaffirmed that the Muslims are “one with us”.

As in Manchester, the Northampton Inter Faith Forum shares the same good relations between the different faith communities. We are united.

We also share a commitment with the Police for a peaceful, safe and just society.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

© Northampton Inter Faith Forum 2017