Victims of the Bombings Reflect London’s Religious Diversity

July 11, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,2392945.story?coll=la-headlines-world&ctrack=1&cset=true

On July 11, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The names of the missing — now presumed dead — read like the phone directory of the United Nations. Their faiths run the gamut: Jews and Christians, Muslims and Hindus. Their faces, many shown smiling on posters of the missing that flutter from billboards and light posts, could be a photo album from a company committed to diversity. The four blasts that rocked public transport Thursday sent shock waves through the melting pot that is London and reverberated around the world. Islamic extremists suspected of unleashing the bombs may have been aiming not just at Britain but at the ideals of tolerance and opportunity that have drawn such a diverse community here. Though police are still far from identifying the perpetrators or their victims, suspicions of involvement by Islamic extremists have provoked at least four attacks on mosques around the country, and the Muslim community fears further reprisals. Despite that initial flurry of hate crimes, Britain's religious and political leaders say the attacks have united this multicultural bastion."