Leaders gather to show solidarity after the killing of Lee Rigby

Faith and community leaders at Halifax Minster
Faith and community leaders at Halifax Minster

A statement of solidarity from the Calderdale community was read out at Halifax Minster today. (Fri)

Members of Calderdale Interfaith Council, Calderdale Council of Mosques, and Calderdale Council, met hours after the Halifax link of Drummer Rigby was made known.

He married local girl Rebecca Metcalfe at St Anne’s Church, Southowram, in October 2007.

A candle was lit at the minster by Rev Canon Hilary Barber and council leader Tim Swift read out the following statement:

“As faith and community leaders in Halifax we stand united in condemning the cowardly and criminal killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

“This was an abhorrent act that has no place in British society.

“We believe that this was a heinous act that has nothing to do with the teachings of Islam and the Muslim community.

“We want to show solidarity with the rest of the British society against people who are trying to divide society, they will not succeed.

“We send our deepest sympathy to Lee’s family and everyone affected by the incident.

“We are working together to ensure that Calderdale continues to be a place where people from all faiths and no faith, and cultures, can live together harmoniously.

“We believe it is important that all our communities resist the temptation to allow the actions of individuals to undermine the good community relations we have in the borough, and we are confident that anyone committing crimes motivated by hate will be brought to justice.”