Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) strongly condemns the series of barbaric terror attacks at Christian churches in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people as well as caused serious injuries to more than 500 persons on Easter Sunday. The lethal sequence of eight vindictive bomb blasts upon innocent poor people illustrate the brutal and evil nature of radical terrorists to threaten peace and security; and it exposes the devious fanatic attempts to forge mayhem, murder and anarchy. BMFF express its sincere sorrow and sympathy to the affected communities at these atrocious acts of hate.
BMFF is the forum for multi-faith community cohesion and social harmony in Bristol and West of England. We encourage all religious communities and denominations to stand together in fraternity and fellowship against these appalling onslaughts. There will be peace vigils in Bristol to honour the victims and their families and to stand in solidarity with the Sri Lankan community. BMFF stand in solidarity with the Christians of Sri Lanka who have been attacked in this malicious way and request the authorities to apprehend the attackers and bring them under the rule of law. We also pay tributes to service personnel and volunteers who are providing support to the victims in Sri Lanka.
BMFF offers its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wishes a quick recovery to all who were injured and offer prayers to all those who are affected. We urge all communities to stand together and continue to work together with ever greater urgency against ignorance, prejudice and hatred. Hatred targeting any community because of its faith and belief is a scourge that cannot be tolerated. There must be freedom for all communities to worship and practise their faith freely and without fear. Let’s stand for peace and unity.
Chairman, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum
21st April 2019