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Two religious leaders put on show of unity at school
Representatives of the Christian and Muslim communities have come together to condemn recent violence in Kenya and Pakistan.
Reverend Paul Trathen, chaplain of Forest School in Snaresbrook, and Dr Mohammed Fahim, Inam at South Woodford mosque, condemned all violence in the name of religion.
A total of 85 people were recently killed by a suicide bomber at All Saints’ Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, while 67 people were shot dead by Islamists at the Westgate shopping centre.
Speaking to pupils at Forest School this morning, Revd Trathen said: “We stand together as brothers in faith and in willing service of all in our communities to state that the loving mercy of the almighty is greater than the hate in terrorists’ hearts.
“We pray for justice for the victims, for justice to be established.”
Dr Fahim said: "A crime is a crime. It has no religion or race or colour. Killing of innocent people is condemned by God in all religions.”
Forest School spokesman Humayon Pramanik explained the motivation behind the event.
“It really ties in with wanting to get across to our pupils the feeling that is going on in the world at the moment and what could potentially be very dangerous in the future,” he said.
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