Following the incident on 22/03/2017, Londoners and visitors to London are getting on with their lives. Westminster bridge was re-opened on 23/03/2017.
If we destroy human rights and rule of law in the response to terrorism, they have won. London remains united, no one is cowed, afraid or divided.
“Holding on to anger and hate is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else but ultimately you are the one who gets burned “
Terrorism has no nationality or religion, it knows no borders and seldom has a face. Religion is never the problem; it’s the radicalised, misguided or simply mad people who try use it for their own twisted agenda or ideology.
Whoever kills an innocent life it is as if he has killed all of humanity. – Surat Al-Ma’idah 5:32, Holy Quran
The purpose of religion is to seek spiritual enlightenment, connect with the divine and control yourself, not to criticise others or force your views on others. There is no compulsion in any religion.
In Judaism, Rabbi Simeon ben Gamliel says that three things preserve the world: truth, justice, and peace (Avot 1:18).
If you fight terrorism, it is based on fear. If you promote peace, it’s based on hope and respect for each other, cultures and creed.
Steven Camley’s tribute
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. – Mahatma Gandhi
What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos and hate, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met. London stands united with all good, honest decent, civilised people of the world, no matter what race, colour or creed. We will always share in your happiness and your loss – we are your brothers, sisters and family now and always.
In Christianity, there are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord amongst brothers & sisters. – Holy Bible, Proverbs 6:16-19
Our thoughts and prayers remain with those involved. These random attacks are horrific, however if we give up one single civil liberty then they have won – striking the right balance between security and the freedom to move around our great city is the ongoing challenge.
London’s values and way of life continues to prevail