The MCB show the way and in so doing highlight just what tawdry pieces of commentary were the earlier statements from the SWP and RESPECT.
Deepest sympathy is expressed at the death and suffering which the series of co-ordinated attacks in London has caused to the families and loved ones who have been the victims of this terrible atrocity.
This criminal attack is condemned in the strongest possible terms. No good purpose can be achieved by such an indiscriminate and cruel use of terror.
The scriptures and the traditions of both the Muslim and Christian communities repudiate the use of such violence. Religious precepts cannot be used to justify such crimes, which are completely contrary to our teaching and practice.
We continue to resist all attempts to associate our communities with the hateful acts of any minority who claim falsely to represent us. In the present uncertainties, we look to all community leaders to give an example of wisdom, tolerance and compassion.
The events of recent years have challenged Muslims and Christians to work together in order to acknowledge our differences, to affirm our common humanity, and to seek ways to share life together. Much has already been achieved, and nothing must undermine the progress that we have made. These attacks strengthen our determination to live together in peace, and to grow together in mutual understanding.
This crime must inspire us to work unceasingly together in pursuit of peace, justice and respect for difference.
UPDATE by David T
Eric notes that Ahmed Sheikh, president of the extreme Islamist organisation, and SWP ally, the Muslim Association of Britian, has advised that “women in headscarves, should be vigilant and avoid unnecessary journeys“.
But given that the MAB want women to stay indoors generally, that’s hardly exceptional advice.