Mus­lim spokesman backs PM’S Chris­tian mes­sage

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & world Update -

THE sec­re­tary of a city mosque has wel­comed the Prime Min­is­ter’s state­ment that the UK is a Chris­tian coun­try, af­ter the mes­sage was crit­i­cised over the week­end.

Ansar Ali, sec­re­tary of the Ghosia Mosque, in Glad­stone Street, spoke out in sup­port of David Cameron’s be­lief and said the Mus­lim com­mu­nity of Peter­bor­ough un­der­stood that they live in a Chris­tian coun­try.

Mr Cameron made the claims dur­ing a speech to mark the 400th an­niver­sary of the King James Bi­ble, when he staunchly de­fended the role of re­li­gion in Bri­tish pol­i­tics and gen­eral val­ues.

Mr Ali said: “Mus­lims in Peter­bor­ough will wel­come the an­nounce­ment. We have no prob­lem that Bri­tain is a Chris­tan coun­try.

“The Bi­ble is a very pos­i­tive thing and Chris­tian­ity has a lot in com­mon with other re­li­gions such as Is­lam and Ju­daism. For the Mus­lim com­mu­nity it is def­i­nitely wel­comed.

“The moral de­cay we are fac­ing leads a lot of right think­ing peo­ple to the be­lieve that if faith was at the heart of the com­mu­nity it would en­cour­age love for each other.

“That is a very im­por­tant mes­sage in a mul­ti­cul­tural city like Peter- bor­ough, and it is some­thing we as a Mosque cer­tainly agree with. The Mus­lim com­mu­nity puts a lot of em­pha­sis on faith and the mes­sage of the Bi­ble is the same as the Qur’an – we have the same feel­ings.”

Dur­ing his speech, the Prime Min­is­ter said it was wrong to sug­gest that stand­ing up for Chris­tian­ity was “some­how do­ing down other faiths”.

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