Peter Green: June 2016
With claim and counter-claim from both sides of the EU referendum argument on the impact to the economy, investment, immigration and influence, some faith leaders have raised their concerns on other issues.
As reported in The Guardian newspaper, in a letter in the Observer, 37 leading figures from across the faiths say that they hope people will reflect, before voting on 23 June, "on whether undermining the international institutions charged with delivering these goals of preserving peace, fighting poverty and tackling the migration crisis could conceivably contribute to a fairer, cleaner and safer world".
Members of the group, who say they signed in their personal capacities, write that "faith is about integration and building bridges, not about isolation and erecting barriers".
They add: "As leaders and senior figures of faith communities, we urge our co-religionists and others to think about the implications of a Leave vote for the things about which we are most passionate. The past 70 years have been the longest period of peace in Europe's history. Institutions that enable us to work together and understand both our differences and what we share in common contribute to our increased security and sense of collective endeavour.
"What's more, so many of the challenges we face today can only be addressed in a European, and indeed a global, context: combating poverty in the developing world, confronting climate change and providing the stability that is essential to tackling the current migration crisis."
To read the full Guardian article, click here.
To read the Daily Mail's report on 'divine intervention' click here.
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