This Is Not a Religious War, Says Anglican Archbishop

LONDON, NOV. 6, 2001 ( The Anglican archbishop of Canterbury rejected claims that Islam and Christianity were at war, when he was interviewed live on al-Jazeera, the Arabic satellite television network.

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Using the same channel on which Osama bin Laden declared jihad against Christianity, Archbishop George Carey on Monday called for greater understanding between the faiths, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

«This is not a religious conflict,» Dr. Carey said. «It is a fight against terrorism.»

«I hope that the events of Sept. 11 will act as a catalyst for us to deepen our dialogue and our commitment to one another,» he added. «I believe we have a lot in common.»

The archbishop appeared on the network, which is broadcast across the Muslim world, while visiting the Christian minority in Qatar in the Persian Gulf.

He denied that the West equated Islam with terrorism, saying: «We are not regarding Islam as responsible for the events of Sept. 11. We must destroy that link once and for all and focus on what happened.»

Dr. Carey´s tour of the Gulf States was planned before Sept. 11.

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