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London bombing 'merely strengthens the resolve of those who are attacked,' NCC declares

July 7, 2005, New York -- The mass transit bombings in London Thursday will not advance the cause of terrorists, the National Council of Churches said, and will only strengthen the resolve of those who are attacked.

NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar released the following statement Thursday:

"The National Council of Churches joins in prayer for those who were injured and offers its sympathy to those who lost loved ones in the mass transit bombings in London today.  Such violence reminds us not only of our need to be ever vigilant and to bring the perpetrators to justice; it also reminds us of our need to strenuously pursue peace with justice. While we recognize that religion is sometimes used to legitimize such acts of violence, we together with other mainstream religious organizations, including many in the Muslim community, thoroughly and unequivocally condemn such violence and enjoin all religious communities to pursue peace in a thousand ways."  (Eyewitness photo released by BBC)


Statements by other religious bodies:

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
The Muslim Council of Britain
The Archbishop of Canterbury
Islamic Society of North America
Islamic Circle of North America
The Council on American Islamic Relations
Muslim Public Affairs Council
World Council of Churches


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