Thursday 22 January 2015

Archbishop Condemns Latest Attacks Using Religion as Pretext for Violence

A press release issued from Davos:

Davos, Switzerland - In the wake of the latest Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria and the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, spoke out against the use of terror tactics masquerading as a religious obligation.

Speaking during an interfaith panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, the Archbishop said:

“History is blood-spattered with religion used as a pretext for violence. Enough is enough. Violence in God’s name is never justified. Religions should never be used a vehicles of hate - never.”

Archbishop Makgoba joined former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, David Rosen, Rabbi and International Director, Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee in Israel and Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Co-Founder and President, Zaytuna College, on the panel which discussed the use of violence in the name of religion.

He will also participate in a discussion on Business Ethics on Friday, January 23.

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