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Rabbi Wittenberg on at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand
March 17, 2019 By Faith Matters

Rabbi Wittenberg on at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand

“We stand with you in solidarity and sorrow. Wherever we are in the world, whatever our faith and beliefs, we stand together with you as pilgrims on this earth, as fellow human beings striving to do what is compassionate and just, hoping to share with our loved ones, friends and fellow citizens the privileges and […]

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Shamima Begum’s Loss of Her Son Means We Need to Rethink How We Safeguard British Children
March 9, 2019 By Faith Matters

Shamima Begum’s Loss of Her Son Means We Need to Rethink How We Safeguard British Children

Shamima Begum’s decision to go to the Islamic State was made when she was 15. No doubt, she was a young person who was influenced by what she consumed through slick Islamic State propaganda online. She was vulnerable to being drawn into the propaganda and those working on extremism realise that those personal vulnerabilities involve […]

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What’s This Jewish Thing? The Man Asked the Rabbi
March 1, 2019 By Faith Matters

What’s This Jewish Thing? The Man Asked the Rabbi

Dear Community, I was having a coffee at Charing X Station when a man approached me and asked with bemusement, ‘What’s this anti-Jewish thing?’ I muttered something about hate, racism, age-old, when he asked again, ‘What’s that ‘s’ word?’ ‘Anti-Semitism?’ ‘Ah, yes, that’s it’, and he wandered off. I was left asking myself why I […]

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Interfaith solidarity is a fight worth fighting
January 30, 2019 By Faith Matters

Interfaith solidarity is a fight worth fighting

Solidarity costs nothing but can mean everything. Against the snarling packs of extremists flanking both sides of a hostile debate, the significance of maintaining a common bond with those from a different group but facing prejudice is precious. In these times, it’s sometimes all we have. Last night, an exhibition was held at the Jewish […]

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High inequality will only worsen extremism in the UK
January 28, 2019 By Faith Matters

High inequality will only worsen extremism in the UK

The aches of austerity have not been evenly felt in Britain but fallen hardest on the deprived communities in north of England. Here, towns are enduring the highest poverty rates and weakest economies, this according to a study. Its readings are a terrible forecast for post-Brexit Britain and should make governments gravely concerned about what […]

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Understanding The Status of Muslims in Modern Britain
January 21, 2019 By Faith Matters

Understanding The Status of Muslims in Modern Britain

The social fabrics of Britain is in a desperately fragile state. Assaults from extremists on many sides, covering all bases of bigotry, and poisoning our political discourse in the age of Brexit and terrorism has given a hue of grim bleakness to our way of life. Language is a powerful weapon today in these discussions, […]

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Interfaith initiatives can restore our sense of community
January 15, 2019 By Faith Matters

Interfaith initiatives can restore our sense of community

In times of increasing polarization and inequality the search for common bonds to build that sense of solidarity and communion can be fleeting and sometimes completely abandoned. The fragmentation of society into atomised groups facilitates an environment of distrust, suspicion and resentment. The academic Matthew Goodwin intelligently articulated this in his book National Populism: The […]

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Murder of Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk, Should Be a Wake Up Call
January 14, 2019 By Faith Matters

Murder of Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk, Should Be a Wake Up Call

The murder of Pawel Adamowicz, the mayor of the Polish city Gdansk, should send shockwaves trembling through Europe. It should also be a wake-up call about where toxic political discourse is taking us. Adamwicz, a liberal mayor known for his vociferous and uncompromising defence of migrants, refugees, women and LGBT rights, was stabbed at a […]

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Threats to Liberal Democracy
January 9, 2019 By Faith Matters

Threats to Liberal Democracy

Liberal democracy, the foundational principle of western societies, has been increasingly vulnerable. Globalisation and its fast pace has delivered undeniable benefits but brought with it unattended challenges, namely swiftly growing wealth inequalities and a deepening sense of cultural fragmentation. The atomisation of society has increasingly pushed people to the margins to rediscover a sense of […]

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Channel 4, Yemen and the Ongoing Human Rights Abuses
January 3, 2019 By Faith Matters

Channel 4, Yemen and the Ongoing Human Rights Abuses

On the 6th of December 2018, Channel 4 broadcast an interview with Adel al-Hassani, who used to be a commander with Yemeni forces that fought against Al-Qaeda and who fell foul, allegedly of UAE forces. His story and his alleged torture is highlighted in the Channel 4 documentary by Jonathan Rugman. The documentary highlights alleged […]

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