Posted by: Lister | April 19, 2008

Rt Rev John Pritchard

The Bishop of Oxford was sent a death threat:

The Bishop gave his backing, in principle, for the call to prayer to be broadcast from the Oxford Central Mosque, in Manzil Way, East Oxford, in interviews with the Oxford Mail and local radio in January.

An amplified call to prayer would require a change in the planning permission given for the building of the Mosque, and no official request for such had been sent.

Speaking at a public meeting organised by the Anglo Asian Association in East Oxford at Oxford Community School, he said: “After the interview, I received extraordinary mail.

“One said, on a piece of A4, ‘resign’ six times in large font.

“One called on me to be beheaded and one said ‘I wish I was closer so I could spit on you’. The dark underbelly of British society was coming out.”

A spokesman for the Diocese of Oxford said the matter had not been taken to the police, and said the Bishop had received “a bulging post bag of comments, both positive and negative”.

The Bishop did not see fit to involve the police:

“Obviously it is never pleasant being on the receiving end of abuse, but at no stage did I feel it necessary to involve the police.

“This sort of thing clearly comes from the extreme fringe.”

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