July 28, 2011

Interfaith Network warns against using religion to justify terrorism


by Jan Harris

The Inter Faith Network for the UK, which aims to promote good relations between people of different faiths, has issued a statement following the killing of 76 people in Norway by Anders Breivik.

Although Breivik has been described as a ‘fundamentalist Christian’, he has been revealed to have nurtured a hatred of Muslims and believed that Islam threated the survival of Europe.

In the statement the Interfaith Network says “where terrorists justify their actions with reference to positions which they call religious, this reflects ignorance and breeds suspicion and mistrust. This has a direct relevance for all those working for good inter faith relations.”

The statement condemns the use of religion to justify violence that has “no place in any society, nor any true foundation in any faith tradition”.

The statement was signed by the Interfaith network’s co-chairs and vice-chairs.

State prosecutors in Norway are considering charging Breivik with crimes against humanity.

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