LEADERS of 24 faiths have signed an open letter calling for unity following the recent terrorist attacks around the world.
The leaders are from a broad range of trusts and associations linked to religions including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism.
The message calls on people of all backgrounds and faiths to be “calm and resolute” in the face of the attacks, such as those in Westminster, Stockholm, St Petersburg and Egypt.
It also pays tribute to “British” values of “tolerance and respect.”
The letter was published yesterday, following the end of Easter, the Jewish holiday of Passover on Tuesday and last Friday’s Sikh festival of Vaisakhi and as Muslims prepare for Ramadan, which starts next month.
The full text reads: “We, the undersigned, want to pay tribute to the people and communities of Britain, of all races, faiths and backgrounds, that make Britain a country of tolerance and respect.
“At this special time of year for so many religions we reiterate our commitment to work together against the discord, mistrust and fear that terrorists seek to create.
“Now more than ever faith groups are uniting in the face of those who would wish to sow fear and spread mistrust between the people of this country.
“These attacks seek to divide us, and together we must show them that they will never succeed.
“Instead of voices being raised in anger, we will continue to be calm and resolute.
“Instead of responding with violence we will continue to show respect for others and love.”
The letter’s publication coincided with Simon Chesterman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council saying that police may now have to shoot terrorists who use cars as weapons.