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A Ukip parliamentary candidate has described Islam as a "cancer" as well has praising the founder of the English Defence League. Ms Santos later said,
A Labour candidate has been sacked for reportedly making a number of comments about Islam.
Further afield in Germany physical violence has taken over from verbal aggression. The article highlights the rise of " vigilante mobs" that hunt down refugees. According to the article four men set upon a refugee in his car with a baseball bat and knuckle duster. They also beat him when he was on teh ground and trying to escape. Nine days later the man died of his injuries including a fractured skull. His two children are traumatised by the death of their father.
Reading the article reminded me of the violent attack in April on teenage asylum seeker Reker Ahmed in Croydon. These events are the very opposite of what we as Jesus followers stand for and seek to demonstrate. We have a choice how to relate to those around us.