Faiths to­gether to re­mem­ber Alan

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - NI­CHOLAS Chair­man Support DUN­CAN In­ter- Chair­man

cuppa and brows­ing through the many rea­son­ably priced plants and qual­ity pro­duce. LEAD­ERS from ev­ery Mus­lim Com­mu­nity in Hilling­don re­cently came to­gether, at the invitation of the Hilling­don In­ter Faith Net­work, and signed a mes­sage ask­ing that the hostage Alan Hen­ning be re­leased.

This plea, along with thou­sands more, was ig­nored. Alan was bring­ing aid to a war-torn land.

Bri­tain has now agreed to at­tack the group which has seized large swathes of ter­ri­tory in east­ern Syria and across north­ern and western Iraq. Its bru­tal tac­tics in­clude mass killings and ab­duc­tions of mem­bers of re­li­gious and eth­nic mi­nori­ties, as well as the be­head­ing of or­di­nary men like Alan Hen­ning.

It is im­por­tant to recog­nise and be clear that IS does not en­gage with ei­ther faith com­mu­nity or other chan­nels. This is not a war caused by re­li­gion and his­tory and sug­gests that peace will only come when both sides are pre­pared to talk. Hilling­don In­ter Faith Net­work, rep­re­sent­ing all faiths in the bor­ough, call on ev­ery­one to unite in con­demn­ing this non-faith, non-state based de­struc­tion.

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