Speaking out against Violence

WPOF statements against violence

re August 2014: Escalation of violence in Iraq and Syria

Woking People of Faith (WPoF) believes that every human being is equal in dignity and shares the same basic human rights, by virtue of their creation by the one true God. Therefore, we abhor violence in the name of religion, as seen in Iraq and Syria at present.  

The behaviour of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) group in this region, giving Christians and many others (including Muslims) the choice of forced religious conversion or death, is a barbarous return to the Middle Ages, and a disgrace to all religion and to Islam in particular.  People of all faiths in WPoF unreservedly condemn it as a profanation of the Name of God. 

The history of the last 100 years, since the start of the Great War, has shown that wars and killing have not solved any dispute but have frequently led to further violence and disputes between peoples years or decades later.  

Eventually, competing people must learn to talk together and live together. Woking People of Faith encourages all people in conflict with one another to do so with courage and urgency.  


 

re August 2014 Violence in Gaza

Members of Woking People of Faith (WPoF) are united in their desire to see an end to all violence, destruction and killing in Gaza.  We believe that every human being is equal in dignity and shares the same basic human rights, by virtue of their creation by the one true God.  

 

We believe that people in this region have chosen the wrong path for resolving their disagreements and call upon every individual involved to recognise the dignity and worth of those whom they oppose – and to seek resolution peacefully.  Eventually, competing peoples must learn to talk together and live together. People of all faiths in WPoF encourage all people in conflict with one another to do so with courage and urgency.  

 

 

July 2014: In the light of violence in the Middle East

WPOF statement on the Middle East

WPOF strongly condemns the violence in the Middle East, not least that which is taking place in Syria and Iraq at present. Indeed, Woking People of Faith condemns all violence perpetrated in the name of religion, by any religious groups across the world.  

As People of Faith, we assert that the hallmarks of true faith are love for God and love for one another.  This shows itself in justice, generosity, self-sacrifice, compassion, the valuing of all life and active seeking after the transcendent.  We acknowledge that through history tribal conflicts have been played out under the banner of religion and we reject such violence as a profanation of the Name of God.  WPOF, representing a wide range of faiths, categorically states that we do not endorse, in any form,  the  destruction of human lives. We do not accept any faith that justifies violence towards, nor the killing of anyone.

In particular at this time, WPOF calls upon young British nationals to refrain from travelling to troubled regions to help their Muslim brotherhood. Whilst their intentions may seem to them honourable, there are better, more effective ways for them to provide support to their brothers and sisters in the Middle East.  The most effective is our praying, across our communities of faith, for a true and lasting PEACE.

WPOF is showing its solidarity to the victims of the current violence by holding a short peace vigil on

Sunday 13th July 2014

at 5.00pm

Al Asr Centre, 118 Goldsworth Road, GU21 6ND Woking Surrey.


 

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