Integration tsar Dame Louise Casey has a problem with ‘religious conservatism’

Jan 11, 2017 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: In 2013 Dame Louise Casey was named by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour as one of the Top 100 most powerful women in the UK. She was duly appointed by David Cameron and Theresa May to examine issues of community cohesion, extremism and integration. Her report – The Casey Review – sounds deafening alarm bells and offers a few cogent solutions. “We need to be much bolder in not just celebrating our history, heritage and culture, but standing up for our democratically decided...

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How do we decide which human rights should be protected in law?

Jan 9, 2017 by

by Roger Scruton, guest post at barristerblogger: Theresa May’s Government has floated the idea that the next election might be contested on a pledge to incorporate all the rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, while leaving the European Convention and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. There are plenty of arguments against such a course – not least the practical one that the midst of tricky Brexit and post-Brexit negotiations might not be the best...

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Law and religion round-up – 8th January

Jan 8, 2017 by

from Law & Religion UK: Religious observance in Scottish schools The Times reports (£) that an online poll by YouGov for its Scottish edition has found that (55 per cent of Scots believes that children should not be made to participate in religious observance at school. 38 per cent of all Scots (and 48 per cent of SNP voters) feels that there should be no place for collective worship in the Scottish education system and a further 17 per cent wants children to be able to opt out, even...

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Law and religion round-up – 25th December

Dec 26, 2016 by

Charity and the advancement of religion On Monday the Charity Commission for England & Wales published its decision to reject an application from The Temple of the Jedi Order to register as a charitable incorporated organisation with purposes including “to advance the religion of Jediism, for the public benefit worldwide, in accordance with the Jedi Doctrine”: we noted it here and Russell Sandberg analysed the decision in depth here. The BBC quoted Daniel Jones, leader of the Church of...

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Choudary’s conviction – and why we don’t need an extremism offence

Aug 17, 2016 by

by Paul Goodman, Conservative Home: The Home Office once told this site that an Extremism Bill, contained in the list of measures announced in May when David Cameron was Prime Minister, was necessary if the likes of Anjem Choudary were to be charged and convicted – in other words, people who don’t themselves commit violent acts but incite other people to do so. None the less, the odious Choudary is at last on his way to prison.  There are claims this morning that his series of front...

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Scottish government begins response after Named Person scheme defeat

Jul 31, 2016 by

by Aaron James, Premier: The Scottish government has begun amending its Named Person scheme despite significant opposition from Christians and a defeat over the legislation in the Supreme Court. Deputy First Minister John Swinney held talks with public sector bodies and charities to begin changing the draft law. The Named Person scheme was found to be against human rights legislation which guarantees the right to a family and private life. The judgement said: “The first thing that a...

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