Thursday, 23 May 2013

23 MAY 2013

It is with such sadness in my heart that I write this post today. If you watch the news - no matter where you are - you probably know what I'm about to say. The brutal murder of soldier Lee Rigby just metres from his army barracks in Woolwich in broad daylight yesterday, has sent Britain into a state of shock. This young man was butchered in plain view of onlookers after being mown down by his attackers leaving, a two year old son without a father. Let our thoughts be with Lee's family and friends who are trying to come to terms with this tragic and devastating loss. 

But let us also consider how we make judgements in the aftermath of this tragedy. Whilst it is clear that this incident is an example of extremist, even terrorist, behaviour, we must be careful not to make sweeping statements about those who follow the same faith as Lee's attackers. It is neither right nor fair to judge the followers of a religion on the actions of a few. It is precisely this judgement and outrage that these extremists are looking to provoke. They want to create division amongst us but we should respond with unity, and this starts with supporting each other no matter what faith or religion we choose to follow.    

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