Reading through the e-mails received by the MCB, I am sickened and ashamed by my own countrymen.
I firstly apologise for living the fantasy that race hate is a small, over publicised problem. In this part of the country we all, of varied race, religion and nationality work and live together with little disharmony. So perhaps I may be pardoned for believing that the rest of the country should be able to do the same.
Secondly, I apologise for the hate filled rantings of what, I sincerely wish, are a vocal minority. Do they not realise that the venom and darkness that they have released, ironically, mirrors that inside the hearts of the perpetrators of the carnage in America? Can they not see that a fanatic is a fanatic, irrespective of his race or religion? Just as much carnage and terror has been wreaked in the name of Christianity: do they feel a part of that? Or, like our Muslim brothers in the U.K., are they remote from, and horrified by it?
Thirdly, I apologise for the manner in which they find it so easy to misrepresent the Koran. If any of them had actually taken the time to read it they may have discovered some of the beauty that is Islam. (And indeed have realised that they, Christians far from the teachings of Jesus, are the very reason why Mohammed was sent!) But then, if they had taken the time to read their own teachings, they would have realised that all they claim to be 'bad' in the Koran is also contained, in some form, in the Bible. (And indeed, that what they have done here is unfitting those who claim allegiance to Christ.) In their misrepresentation they fail to comprehend that ANY book can be misrepresented, in any number of ways, by those willing to pervert its content to their own ends. Ironic, indeed, that the misrepresentation of the Koran that justifies the hate expressed here is probably not dissimilar to that used by the terrorists themselves.
And finally I apologise to all, on behalf of all who find it easier to hate, ridicule and condemn than to love, understand and accept. In doing so I offer a prayer that, somehow, at the end of whatever is in motion right now, the world can pull together: in love, compassion and trust.