What is it that justifies universal adult participation in democracy – and the market place – on equal terms? It’s not anything one can find in Nietzsche, but rather the essentially Christian belief that all lives matter.
The confidence to walk the streets safely, the right to interface directly with our elected representatives, the ability to speak our minds freely – these fruits of peaceable British toleration are being eroded by an extremist tendency that has grown unchecked for far too long.
You may not agree with his views on gay sex and abortion – or what were his views – but they should not be marginalised as illegitimate.
He says that this is especially so in “a progressive, liberal party”
Unfortunately, France refuses to accept that any adaptation whatsoever is necessary, and uses Laïcité as a shibboleth to justify its stubbornness.
Britain in 2015 is increasingly characterised by a creeping intolerance towards Christianity and religion which we should be deeply concerned about.
It was the rise of the Liberals, and the decline of the city’s Protestant tradition, that did for the Party.
The law he favours would create ‘special administrative units’ to monitor those suspected of holding intolerant views. Who will sit on these surveillance operations?
This covers the expression of views, proselytisation (both for faiths and atheistic views), and a robust protection of the freedom to convert, both at home and abroad.
An EU looked up to by its periphery was a real driver of positive change.
Is it fascination? Or a reaction to religion’s influence? Either way, a more tolerant approach would be welcome.
Some the darkest deeds in modern history were justified and committed by those convinced of the rational, practical and downright progressive nature of their cause.
The claims and counter-claims about “Trojan Horse” point to a bigger controversy – about the place of Islam within Britain’s schools.
The Ofsted reports are yet to be released, but here are my thoughts so far.
Could it be that our increasingly secular society, while more tolerant, is less compassionate?