Faith groups in Lincoln have come together to issue a joint response to the recent terror attacks in Tunisia, in which a young Lincoln graduate was killed.
Latest reports suggest a total of 38 people were killed at Tunisia’s Sousse beach resort on Friday, June 26 when gun men opened fire on tourists.
The extremist group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
A minute’s silence will be held across the UK on Friday, July 3 in memory of those who lost their lives in the attacks.
Among those killed was 24-year-old Carly Lovett, a former University of Lincoln student and a blogger from Gainsborough.
The following statement has been jointly released by faith and community cohesion groups in Lincoln in her memory:
“We send our condolences to the family and friends of Carly Lovett and also those affected by Friday’s atrocities.
“We must not let the perpetrators achieve their goal of striking fear into communities and dividing them.
“By being united we are showing that we will defeat the terrorists in their aim to divide us.
“Modern societies should be respectful of all religions and beliefs, showing understanding and solidarity.
“We must continue our opposition to these acts of violence and show that the diversity is something to be celebrated, not targeted.”
Those accredited to the message are:
- Councillor Rosanne Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Community Cohesion and Social Inclusion at City of Lincoln Council
- Dr Tanweer Ahmed, Chair of the Islamic Association of Lincoln and Chair of the Community Cohesion Steering Group
- John Patrick, Chairman of the House of Clergy Diocese of Lincoln
- Subash Chellaiah, University Chaplain at the University of Lincoln and Member of Lincoln Interfaith Forum
- Clive Tully, Chairman of Lincoln Baha’i Spiritual Assembly and Member of Lincoln Interfaith Forum
- Sanjay Nimavet, Co-chair of Lincoln Interfaith Forum, Chair of Lincoln Balagokulam (Hindu Faith Group)
- Rabbi Danny Rich JP, Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism and Visiting Rabbi to the Lincolnshire Jewish Community
- Jasmit Phull JP, Co-chair of Lincoln Interfaith Forum and Sikh Community
- Monsignor Thomas McGovern, Roman Catholic Church