The healing power of Christian-Muslim dialogue

This piece was originally published on May 25, 2013

The fatal attack by two men on an unarmed British soldier in the streets of London last Wednesday has been severely condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron. One of the alleged attackers was filmed voicing extreme political views consistent with beliefs promulgated by a small minority of Muslims who hold radical views.

Few on either side of the Atlantic could fail to be shocked by the nature of this crime. It follows not long after the bombs set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, also reportedly by individuals who held views consistent with radical Islam.

As a result, some on both sides of the Atlantic may be tempted to allow fear, anger, or dismay to govern their response to these events and to give in to irrational prejudice or even the hope for revenge toward Muslims. British Muslim organizations have already voiced concern that law-abiding Muslims could be the targets of unfair reprisals, and already there are reports that abusive incidents against Muslims in London have increased since the attack.

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