Church of Ireland bishop calls for end to racist attacks

Bishop Harold Miller. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Bishop Harold Miller. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

A leading Church of Ireland clergyman has condemned the recent spate of racist attacks in east Belfast as “utterly disgraceful and unacceptable”.

The Rt Reverend Harold Miller, Bishop of Down & Dromore said we should be welcoming overseas visitors in similar fashion to the welcome Northern Irish people have received in many other parts of the world.

He also urged anyone with any relevant information to ensure the police can bring those responsible before the courts.

“Most of us, from this island, have known what it is to be welcomed in other countries, and many people from Northern Ireland have made their homes in other parts of the world.

“Offering hospitality and a warm welcome is not only part of our self-understanding but a deeply important Christian value.

“I encourage all of us to find ways of getting to know people from different cultures living amongst us and to value their contribution to our common life,” he said.

Bishop Miller added: “I also encourage anyone who may know anything about who is carrying out these attacks to let the PSNI know.

“They do not represent the people of east Belfast.”