The first thing I did this morning was post the banner from Hope not Hate saying that the EDL did not speak for me or for Britain. I sent it to Twitter and then to Facebook! I did that because I am now too old to join marches or confront those who spread hate face to face.
I have marched in the past.....being a teacher in Rochdale brought me face to face with the thugs who in spreading their hate think its alright to rough up little girls and spit on their teachers.
My first march was through the town centre where I was joined by an old lady with a walking stick who stayed with me as we walked to a local park. She had a German accent and her story unfolded as we walked.
She had been taken to Auswitch as a small child. Her parents were killed...she survived by some miracle and still had her tattoo. Her eyes filled with tears when we got to the park and saw hundreds of people waiting.
"It's all happening again. Please don't let it happen again...this is how it starts"
It's starts because good people do nothing when confronted with evil.
What happened in Woolwich is the end result of hate...
Hate is corrosive. It destroys those who perpetrate it and those who receive it.
I am now too old to march.....though I joined many in the north in my youth...so now I write instead.
God, one God no matter what name people give to Him....God is love and those who live in God live in love and God lives in them .
Today is a day to show our love....all over this country....love not hate.