by Iain Roberts on 19 October, 2015
I was very pleased to join Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and Hindus at the Yeshurun synagogue in Gatley, along with my colleague Cllr June Somekh, the Deputy Mayor.
The interfaith event was organised by Greater Manchester Police and Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy spoke in one of his last engagements before leaving the Police to take up a new role at the Retrak charity in Cheadle Hulme.
The message from the event was simple: the different faiths have far more in common than they have differences, and the moderates who form the vast majority want to work together for the benefit of all.
We reject extremism of any form. We reject the idea that different religions can’t co-exist. We believe we are stronger living side-by-side in a Christian, multi-cultural Britain, respecting each other.
When the extremists get the headlines and the moderates who work together do so quietly, we put our communities more at risk. We all need to stand together, and to make a lot more noise.3 Comments