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Christians and Muslims "unite to counter abusive Christian Patrol" in Luton

Peter Adams from St Mary's Church in Luton said Christians and Muslims united on Sunday to hande out flowers, following a demonstration by Britain First (BF).

The interfaith relations worker described the behaviour of members from BF, who chanted and waved crosses, as "very abusive".

Britain First said it carried out a "Christian patrol" in the Bury Park area of Luton and footage from the march has been seen 23 million times on Facebook.

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 Speaking on Premier Christian Radio's News Hour programme about a counter march, Peter Adams from St Mary's Church in Luton said:

"We organised for a number of Christians to gather there, accompanied by a number of Muslims that we regularly work, with to pass our message, to say these guys didn't represent us as a church in Luton.

"Their method, their provocative actions, their carrying of white crosses, very angry [and] abusive words were not the message that the church in Luton had towards our Muslim neighbours.

"Basically, we sought to repair some of the damage.

"Every shop we went into, every person we spoke to said 'Thank you so much for coming. We know in our hearts that this doesn't represent you. Thank you for this message of friendship.'"

Peter said the peace walk on Sunday has received a huge response on social media, with messages of support coming in from across the country.

He believes it hasn't undone all the damage but has held back some of the anger felt by Muslims who feel "violated".

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 Peter added: "Britain First's message towards us is that we're traitor. We're not. We're committed to our faith. We preach the gospel but we do so gently, with respect to those we live and work amongst.

"I think you can be praying for us that we can both be strong and confident in our Christian faith and yet, at the same time, be gracious, loving and reaching out.

"The call of Christ is that we love our neighbour as ourself and we love our enemy. So, between those, there's really no opt-out."

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