A NEWS RELEASE
From National Office of the ELCIC
Winnipeg, July 7, 2005 (ELCIC)--Following the news of the London bombings this morning, Rev. Raymond Schultz, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), issued the following statement:
"My heart goes out to the victims of today's bombing in the city of London. Innocent victims trapped in buses and subways have no means of protection against such mindless aggression. We can only pray that the terror and pain the survivors experience will be healed so that they will once again be able to embrace the future with confidence. May the grace and peace of God be made known to them through our sisters and brothers in their communities.
These bombings are the actions of persons who are controlled by hate. Contrary to popular opinion, hate is not love's opposite. Hate is an expression of fear. These are the primal actions of people in whom hate deliberately has been bred. They are being motivated by imagined threats so that they fear for their very identity.
It is important that we distinguish between a minority of such terror-driven fanatics and a global community of ordinary Muslims, many of whom live and work among us. This is a time to be supportive of our peaceful Muslim neighbours, to learn to know them better and to seek to be neighbour to them.
I call upon the congregations of this church to remember in prayer the victims of the London bombings and the Muslims living among us."