06 June 2017

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says we must not disconnect terror from its religious roots

No one can claim that Islam had nothing to do with the terror attacks in London on Saturday, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said.

He told the BBC that religion had been “twisted and misused” for evil, but that faith leaders needed to take responsibility for acts perpetrated in its name.

On Saturday night three Islamist fanatics killed seven people and injured another 48 by driving at them and stabbing them with hunting knives.

Police carried out a series of raids in east London in the aftermath of the attacks.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Dr Welby argued that politicians could not pretend the attacks had “nothing to do with Islam”.

He said: “I don’t think it is getting us anywhere, just like saying Srebrenica had nothing to do with Christianity. [KentOnline] Read more