Speaking to BBC, Welby admitted that throughout history, people have “twisted and misused” religious text to justify hate and violence – but it’s foolish to believe Islam has “nothing to do” with the ongoing terrorist attacks.
“We have got to say that if something happens within our own faith tradition we need to take responsibility for countering that,” he said, adding that politicians should not just say “this is nothing to do with Islam” and focus on the security of political aspects of it.
“I don’t think it is getting us anywhere, just like saying Srebrenica had nothing to do with Christianity”, he said, referring to the 1995 massacre of over 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys by a Bosnian Serb army during the Bosnian Civil War following the breakup of Yugoslavia.
At least seven people were killed and nearly 50 people were injured when a van carrying three terrorists rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge before they jumped out and went on a rampage, stabbing people at random on the street…
Speaking at Folkestone in Kent yesterday, Welby said, “The terrorists want to divide us. They want to make us hate one another. They want to change our way of life. But just like we saw in Manchester, Londoners are responding with generosity and open hearts … with courage and resilience.”
And he added, “The strongest power in the world is the love of Jesus Christ. It is more powerful than the evil of terror or the profound wickedness of the terrorist.”
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