Bishop Robert urges Christians to stand in solidarity with Jewish neighbours
The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, has issued a statement following the alleged attack on Exeter Synagogue on Saturday night.
Bishop Robert said: “I was horrified to hear what happened at Exeter Synagogue at the weekend.
“I cannot comment on the specific circumstances, because the incident is the subject of an ongoing police enquiry. However, it comes against a backdrop of the highest ever number of recorded anti-semitic incidents in the United Kingdom, and a rise in hate crime in general. Sadly, it would seem that Exeter and Devon are no different from anywhere else in this regard.
“Tolerance and mutual respect are hallmarks of a civilised society, and I would implore everybody, regardless of their religion, to condemn any action that seeks to intimidate or harm others.
“Everybody should be free to practise their religion, and I ask Christians to stand in solidarity alongside our Jewish neighbours and people of all faiths.
“History warns us of the appalling consequences that can follow if acts of religious hatred are allowed to go unchecked. We must unite to ensure that our community can enjoy a future characterised by tolerance, freedom, and mutual respect.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Issued by Richard Best on behalf pf the Diocese of Exeter.
Email: Richard; tel: 07817 332940.