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Muslims deserve apologies from pastor and FM

I have been saddened and distressed by the recent comments by Pastor James McConnell and the First Minister Peter Robinson.

I have always assumed both men are followers of Jesus Christ, whose basic tenets include the statement: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

It's regrettable the pastor thinks he need not apologise to the Muslims who've made their home here, despite a spate of attacks on a number of other nationalities who've also come to live here.

The First Minister has made a qualified apology for the remarks he made in support of the pastor, but, like others, I feel that a clearer apology from his position as First Minister of all the people of Northern Ireland should be made.

EILEEN BELL CBE

Former Speaker of the NI Assembly

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