Stand­ing to­gether against at­tacks

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The church lead­ers have come to­gether to rally against hate crime fol­low­ing a wave of re­cent at­tacks against im­mi­grants and mi­nor­ity groups across Eng­land. Chaired by Rev­erend Dr Jeremy Brooks, rec­tor of Bea­cons­field team min­istry, the group have lauded the di­ver­sity of Eng­land in a state­ment that slams those re­spon­si­ble for the at­tacks.

Many places across the coun­try have seen a rise in in­ci­dents of hate crime and racism, with the na­tional press re­port­ing that such at­tacks have risen by more than half, which some have blamed on the Brexit vote.

The state­ment reads in full: “We the lead­ers of all the churches in Bea­cons­field are united in pray­ing for the fu­ture of our na­tion fol­low­ing the re­sults in last week’s ref­er­en­dum.

“Whilst peo­ple in our con­gre­ga­tions will have voted in op­pos­ing ways, we are all united in seek­ing the wel­fare of all, seek­ing peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

“The United King­dom has always been an open and di­verse na­tion where those from other lands are wel­comed.

“We par­tic­u­larly de­plore the wave of ha­tred that has been ex­pressed in the days since the re­sults were known against those from East­ern Europe.

“We be­lieve that there is no place for ha­tred of any form and such racist at­tacks have no place in our land.

“The lead­ers of all ma­jor de­nom­i­na­tions in this coun­try have asked that we join in the com­mon task of build­ing bridges, not bar­ri­ers.

“This is our prayer across the churches that we unite in that task with all peo­ple of good faith.

“The months and years ahead could be very dif­fi­cult for many peo­ple in this coun­try as a re­sult of Thursday’s vote.

“We shall con­tinue to pray for the good of our coun­try and the coun­tries of Europe, and work to en­sure that end.”

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