Friday, 17 February 2012

Baroness Warsi - completely wrong!

Today I finally made time to read Baroness Warsi's diatribe in Monday's Telegraph and it'll come as no surprise to you that I think she's completely wrong on almost every count.  The argument is much more succinctly put by Ed Brayton here, so I'll just quote her once:
When we look at the deep distrust between some communities today, there is no doubt that faith has a key role to play in bridging these divides.
Actually, when we look at the deep distrust between some communities today, there is no doubt that faith has had a key role to play in bringing about that distrust and preventing its healing.  Think only of Northern Ireland, the gulf between India and Pakistan, the horrors of 9/11. 

I'm deeply worried by our government's funding and encouraging of faith schools, which seems to me guaranteed to just fuel further social division.  Far from bridging divides, religion is fundamental to creating and reinforcing them.

So many of the freedoms we now enjoy were won in the face of strenuous religious opposition.  The more secular society we have, the better I'll like it, and the better people's lives will be.

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