Hampshire County Council has issued a statement following the death of a soldier in Woolwich on Wednesday. Councillor Roy Perry was one of the founding co-chairmen of Hampshire's Interfaith Network.
I know from my many good contacts with Muslims in Hampshire formed since we created the Interfaith Network, that they are just as appalled as people of all other faiths at the terrible murder of the young serviceman in Woolwich. Sadly all religions including Christianity have people who distort their faith and do unacceptable things supposedly in the name of their religion as we saw in Northern ireland for instance.
The councillor added:
I am confident the good and peaceful inter community relations we have in Hampshire and which we have worked collectively to achieve, means this appalling incident will not detract from the peace and harmony we enjoy in our county. I thank our local Imams for their leadership and their clear statements of condemnation of the perpetrators of this act.
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