LETTER: At forefront of assistance

There’s anti-religion (all faiths), anti-Bush, anti-Blair, anti-Western Government, anti-Israel and more in the froth of indignation expressed by Messrs Hillman and Ellis [Letters, September 4]. All rather confused and simplistic, but in response to their main assertion – the First and Second World Wars resulted from German national militarism and territorial expansionism and like both the post-war political settlements in Europe and the Middle East these were matters of gaining advantages for nation states. None of these historical events were anything to do with religion!

Conflict is sadly due to the inherent nature of Man and too often the major faiths, that all teach tolerance, are used as weapons to instil national belligerence for political ends. We might also note that even the so-called ‘Wars of Religion’ in the past pale into insignificance when compared with the slaughter of millions approved by Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler or Mao. The writers would do well to appreciate that religious communities today across Europe are in the forefront of providing assistance to refugees and perhaps show a little tolerance and respect for the efforts they are making in a humanitarian cause.

Michael Black

Hardwick Road

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