Statement on the Finsbury Park Terrorist Attack

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19th June 2017

Inspire is shocked to learn about the terrorist attack on Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park early this morning in the month of Ramadan. This attack is not only an attack on Muslims; it is an attack on us all and our British values of tolerance, pluralism and diversity that make our country great.

Sara Khan, director of Inspire states, “we must recognise that we are living in an era of growing extremism in particular from both far right and Islamist. Symbiotic in nature, they share common characteristics, both dehumanise, both promote a supremacist ideology and both seek to obliterate our shared middle ground of a common humanity. Extremists by their very nature are fundamentally opposed to human rights which is why as a counter-extremism organisation, we believe defending and promoting human rights is essential in the battle against extremism.

We must continue to challenge all forms of hatred, discrimination and extremism. We cannot allow fear to deter us from living our lives or from practicing our faith. Terrorists seek to change our way of life. Inspire will continue it’s work in countering extremism and promoting human rights. We regularly go into schools teaching this message to thousands of young pupils. Tomorrow will be no different, and we will be pressing home this message of human rights, tolerance and respect to pupils at a school in London. Only by standing together, will we be able to defeat the scourge of extremism.”

 

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