In 2000 I met the Dalai Lama at Belfast City Hall. Last month I attended a service for the installation of Rabbi Singer.
It would have rightly caused offence if an objection was made to either visit on the grounds of "mistrust, hatred and unrest" (to quote a UUP councillor).
It is deeply disappointing that, after causing a storm over ill-judged remarks about not inviting the Pope to Belfast, the best unionist councillors could do was to abstain in the vote on extending such an invitation.
CLLR TOM CAMPBELL (Alliance)
Newtownabbey Borough Council