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Statement Regarding York Mosque and the EDL

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Tuesday 28th May 2013

The Archbishop of York has today released the following statement regarding the York Mosque response to a protest by the English Defence League.

'What a fantastic response the York Mosque has made to the threat of a protest by the EDL! Tea, biscuits, and football are a great and typically Yorkshire combination when it comes to disarming hostile and extremist views. I hope and pray that the conversation that began on Saturday at York Mosque will mean that people stop jumping to alarmist conclusions. What happened outside Woolwich Barracks is abhorrent to us all. It is vital that people of all religions and none stand together against extremist violence, wherever it may be.'

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