(RNS) The archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster are among British faith leaders calling on citizens to challenge prejudice, following a sharp rise in xenophobic attacks after the country’s referendum to leave the European Union.

Describing the uncertainty and fears that have followed the Brexit vote, religious leaders said people should not become mistrustful of “the other”:

“For all that lies outside of our personal control, every person has the power to conquer their own instinct to apportion blame to others for perceived injustice.

“Today we call upon every citizen of our great country to recognize personal accountability for their every action, rather than avoiding that responsibility by looking for scapegoats, and to challenge racial and communal prejudice wherever it is found and thus ensure that we are, more than ever, a country united,” said the letter published in The Times newspaper on Friday (July 1).  CONTINUE READING