Jenny Taylor argues that religion is too serious to have only a passing acquaintance with it, and requires that journalists acquire religious literacy. Indeed, she suggests that this means ‘essentially, catching up with the paradigm shift in British secular culture that is already upon us.’
Chara Bakalis: the Racial and Religious Hatred Act that came into force in 2006 is not just narrowly focused, and little implemented, it is not well designed to address forms of online hate speech that incite hatred towards religion or religious groups.
TREVOR ADAMS: On the Christian charity Livability’s Dementia Friendly Churches initiative.
The economic impact of faith in the UK must be huge. Why are we reluctant to study it?
JON CRUDDAS MP: On 23 October 2013 Public Spirit hosted a debate on the question: ‘Can public faith help rebuild the link between morality and markets?’ In this response, Jon Cruddas MP explains the influence religious groups have had on Labour party policies on subjects such as the living wage and payday lending.
FRANCIS DAVIS: To challenge payday lenders, religious groups must focus on details rather than talking in general concepts.
TAREK EL DIWANY: On 23 October 2013 Public Spirit hosted a debate on: ‘Can public faith help rebuild the link between morality and markets?’ In this response, Tarek El Diwany highlights the need to challenge the ‘MBA consensus’ that shapes the financial sector, and suggests Islamic finance offers a starting point for making change.
LIZ CARNELLEY: In 2013 Public Spirit hosted a debate on the question: ‘Can public faith help rebuild the link between morality and markets?’ In this response, Liz Carnelley of CUF argues that faith groups need to be more vocal about what they believe, and be more collaborative to challenge a ‘culture of acquisition’.
LUKE BRETHERTON: To be a lender and a borrower is to be situated within economic relations of inter-dependence, cooperation and mutual responsibility. But the modern financial sector refuses to recognize human inter-dependence, seeing societies as a crowd of competitive individuals with no real connection or common life.
SELINA STONE AND TOM CHIGBO: The Just Money Campaign builds on the actions taken by Citizens UK in the aftermath of the financial crash of 2008. In this essay from ‘God and the Moneylenders’, two community organisers involved in the campaign describe its recent activities and its potential for further impact.