OUR organisation takes grave exception to the tone of the letter “Sinn Fein views on book are sensible” (Letters, November 15).
The letter suggested that geographical restriction should somehow be applied to the issue of books of condolence.
Let us be clear once and for all: terrorism should be everyone’s problem and concern in Northern Ireland.
The NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) attitude is not acceptable in terms of this issue. It was never an acceptable position to take.
Our view as an organisation is that this matter should never have been divisive. When an act of terrorism/murder is committed the immediate response of elected representatives (who claim to be democrats) should be one of revulsion and the response from their hearts should be that they would want to do everything in their power to take a stand against such evil.
Our organisation does not distinguish between the religious persuasions of victims.
Ronan Kerr and Stephen Carroll were equally innocent victims of terrorism.
Our members identified with the suffering of the Kerr and Carroll families just as much as any innocent victim/their surviving family who happen to come from a Protestant background.
In moving forward, political, church and societal structures must always be on the side of innocent victims.
Innocent victims/survivors must receive our society’s support just as is the case in countries such as Spain where victims/survivors of Eta terrorism are understood to be ‘heroes’ within Spanish society and are afforded national recognition in the form of a medal and compensation for life.
Quite simply, decency and moral values must be restored to a country which has allowed itself to become confused around matters connected to terrorism and violence.
People should reflect upon the words of Pope John Paul: “Murder is Murder is Murder” – that was the case in 1969 and it is equally the case in 2012.
The opening of a book of condolence may not seem much to some people but for our members, and many others who we have been contacted by, it offers an opportunity for the wider community to show their contempt for terrorism, to show solidarity with a grieving family and it also provides the means for those in civic leadership positions to also send out a message that murder and terrorism is wrong and must be confronted and defeated.
These matters are very important. ‘Tyrone Protestant’, the author of the letter, should reflect on his or her thought processes.
Director of Services
South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF)