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Finsbury Park mosque attack: Statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury

June 20, 2017

I have been considering what to say after the attack outside Finsbury Park mosque in London. After reflection I do not wish to add to the excellent statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby:

The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years. The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country. At a time when we are all grieving the loss of so many precious people in London and Manchester, this brutal attack can only compound the trauma. Violence only begets more violence – it serves only the interests of those who would terrorise others. This wanton and cruel act can produce no good and cannot be justified or excused. In exactly the same way as previous recent attacks it is a crime against God and against humanity.

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