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Bishop of St Albans urges Christians to ‘stand firm’ against EDL

The Bishop of St Albans spoke of the need to “stand firm” against racism in society. The Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith used his Christmas sermon in St Albans Cathedral to warn against “destructive powers which try to divide communities, races and religions”.

He acknowledged “hatred and unrest” could be found within Britain, using the example of the controversial marches undertaken by far-right group the English Defence League (EDL), which provoked clashes in town and cities during the year.

He said: “But hatred and unrest is not just found in far away places. In the past year we have seen racist marches on our streets in London and Bolton, in Dudley and Peterborough, in Aylesbury and Bradford, led by individuals who want to stir up unrest.

“Even as I speak, demonstrations are being planned in Luton in six weeks’ time which could seriously undermine community relations. Some people are even trying to commandeer Christianity to support their cause.”

Press Association, 25 December 2010

Original post: Bishop of St Albans urges Christians to ‘stand firm’ against EDL

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  1. Bishop Alan is right. Christians should stand against this racist group. There will be a protest in London on the 3rd of September in Tower Hamlets. One can also join the group ‘Christians against the EDL:

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