Priest all set to speak on terror

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A SHEFFIELD priest is to give a keynote speech on religious terrorism at an international conference at Oxford University at the end of the month.

Canon Dr Alan Billings, from St Mary’s Church, Walkley, is to speak at the Said Business School on Saturday, April 28.

Dr Billings will say that if religious terrorism is to be overcome it must not be dismissed as the mindless acts of sick people. Many terrorists can be perfectly normal.

He said: “Religious terrorists give religious reasons to justify their actions. If they are to be defeated we have to show that their reasoning is wrong from a religious perspective.

“The state cannot do this, nor can the security services. It is a job for religious people.”