British Home Secretary Convenes Faith Leaders, Urges Unity

July 8, 2005

Source: BBC News

On July 8, 2005 BBC News reported, "Charles Clarke and religious leaders have met at the Home Office to discuss a response to the bombings in London. Faith representatives included Sir Iqbal Sacranie from the Muslim Council of Britain, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. After the meeting, the home secretary warned against any Muslim backlash and urged all faiths to stand united... Mr Clarke said... they agreed 'that the response should be to ensure that those who try and destroy our multi-faith community should themselves not be able to succeed.' Mr Clarke added there were only 'very, very minor' indications of any backlash to the bombings and that the police would be looking at the issue. The home secretary and religious leaders will meet again in a month."