Standing together against all Terrorism
As usual I started the week with meetings in Birmingham. It is interesting how many rumours there are floating around the city. I even had someone I know shout something to me whilst driving around the middle ring road. The police, of course, need to investigate everything.
Part of yesterday was spent discussing how we in Birmingham need to stand together against terrorism and how the political leaders, faith leaders and other leaders need to work together on this.
Later in the day was the Religious Hatred bill. I support the position taken by Birmingham's faith leaders group which is that we do need something which enables the system to deal with situations (which do exist) where people go around the country campaigning to create division based upon hate.
It does happen that people campaign to create religious hatred leading to violence.
As with Thursday's atrocity once the step has been taken down the wrong path it is very difficult to step back.
It is important that people in Birmingham make considerable efforts to ensure that noone goes off in the wrong direction that of intolerance and violence.