The riots that swept through several boroughs of London and in smaller measure other UK cities recently left many shocked and bewildered. The catalyst seems to have been the police shooting of a local man earlier in August. However, there is no agreement on what exactly caused or prepared the environment for it to take place.
Among the many causes mentioned and analyzed are the demographic shifts creating a large percentage of youths within areas, poor relations with police, social estrangement, reduction in government programs, gang culture, criminal opportunism and social dissatisfaction brought on by extremes of wealth and poverty.
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the UK has prepared and distributed a short letter to their community addressing the riots. I truly don’t mean to pick on them but suggesting that the solution to such a complex problem is “more Ruhi” courses is disappointing to say the least. You can read the full letter below: