From Mrs Jill Mans
Sir, — Your report of the resignation of the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali (News, 3 April), mentions the negative reactions to his comment about “no-go areas”, but fails to note the positive reaction he received from the public.
As the person responsible for collating the 1000 letters that Bishop Michael received after his comment on “no-go areas”, I can testify that nearly all shared his concerns. Very many provided specific examples of places and times where and when non-Muslim citizens have been harassed and even persecuted in predominantly Muslim areas of the UK.
He received so little support from the media (unsurprisingly) and especially from his brother bishops that his words about the “conspiracy of silence” — “unless we diagnose the malaise from which we suffer, we shall not be able to discover the remedy” — are very apt.
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