Remembering Christchurch

"Unfortunately we are all too familiar with the devastating effect a mass shooting has on a faith community. We are filled with grief over this senseless act of hate. May those who were injured heal quickly and fully, and may the memories of the victims forever be a blessing. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in Christchurch, in Bradford, and around the world."

“We must never get used to terrorism – at home, or abroad. We can never accept these attacks as a fact of life. We should continue to call it what it is – alien, cruel and hateful. The message is that we will not be cowards, we will not shrink into the shadows and we will not change our way of life. That is the best tribute we can offer. That hope, togetherness and unity will always beat hate, and those who seek to divide us.”

“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one is notoriety. And that is why you will never hear me mention his name. He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.
And to others, I implore you: Speak the names of the lives who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them.”

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