Shenaz Bunglawala calls for the Commission to deliberate the disparity in legislative protections for groups defined by race and those defined by religion and the inevitable retort of some who claim that religion, as a ‘chosen’ trait does not merit or deserve the legal treatment prescribed to ascriptive traits.
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.’
PAUL STATHAM: Many Muslims in Britain have come to regard the press as an institution that consistently misrepresents their interests and paints them as unreasonable or politically extreme. Yet a growing number of Muslim organisations have started to take steps to improve Muslims’ media representation, including concerted efforts to introduce new Muslim spokespersons to the British public.