Friday, 20 November 2009

Government minister sides with faith community

Communities Secretary John Denham aims to give religious groups a greater say in government policy and has rejected calls for faith to be pushed out of the public sphere. In a move that has angered secularists, Mr Denham says he wants Christians, Muslims and others to contribute to policy-making because their views are vital if the UK is to be a ‘progressive society’. He has created a new team of religious advisors to give their suggestions on the economy, parenting, climate change and other subjects. Conceding that in recent years Labour has too often ignored religious opinion, the minister praised faith as ‘a strong and powerful source of honesty, solidarity, generosity – the very values which are essential to politics, to our economy and our society.’

Source: Daily Telegraph (14/11)

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