UK communities are stronger when working together, Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire has said.
During a meeting with community leaders at the Al Medina Mosque in Barking on 15th September 2014, Mr Brokenshire condemned the recent brutal murder of humanitarian aid worker David Haines and other horrific acts of violence in Syria and Iraq.
“Faith institutions such as the Al Medina Mosque demonstrate how people are at their best when we work together. It is clear from the many activities and donations from across the UK that many of us feel the plight of the Syrian people,” Mr Brokenshire said. “We are also unified in our condemnation of the atrocious acts of brutality which we have seen unfolding in Iraq and Syria. We stand together in condemning terrorism and extremism but also in being clear that these have nothing to do with Islam or any other faith.”
He cited Prime Minister David Cameron who recently said the root of these actions lies in a poisonous political ideology that a small minority support. “In contrast, Islam is a religion which is observed peacefully and devoutly by more than a billion people,” Mr Brokenshire said.
He emphasised the social media campaign #notinmyname, adding: “It is so important that these voices are heard and that they are joined in solidarity by many more.”