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The Queen’s Speech: Counter-Terrorism – The Implications
December 23, 2019 By Faith Matters

The Queen’s Speech: Counter-Terrorism – The Implications

The Conservative Government led by PM Boris Johnson with a majority of 80 have set out their legislative plan for the year in the Queen’s Speech. Amongst some of the most pressing matters the Government is expected to deal with, it is no surprise that terrorism is prominently featured. With the recent London Bridge terrorist […]

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Islamophobia vs Anti-Muslim Bigotry – We’re Losing Against Racists And Bigots
December 20, 2019 By Faith Matters

Islamophobia vs Anti-Muslim Bigotry – We’re Losing Against Racists And Bigots

“Whilst We Debate Whether Islamophobia or Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Most Appropriate – Racists And Bigots Continue Their Campaign Of Hate”, by Wasiq @wasiquk The Jewish Chronicle published an article by the journalist and public commentator Melanie Phillips titled; Don’t fall for bogus claims of ‘Islamophobia’. In the article, Phillips claims “Islamophobia is used to silence […]

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Middle East Eye Peddles Conspiracy Theories Against Muslims Challenging Corbyn’s Antisemitism
October 28, 2019 By Faith Matters

Middle East Eye Peddles Conspiracy Theories Against Muslims Challenging Corbyn’s Antisemitism

We received correspondence from the Middle East Eye (MEE) web-site which was not only bizarre, it promoted a conspiratorial line of questioning where the journalist explicitly made a link between Government support to counter extremism and promote shared values through the Building Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme and how “the government is using public funds […]

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The Qur’an grants freedom of religion, so why are ex-Muslims so stigmatised?
October 4, 2019 By Faith Matters

The Qur’an grants freedom of religion, so why are ex-Muslims so stigmatised?

By Elizabeth Arif-Fear “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256) – the words stand loudly and clearly. In chapter two, verse 256 of the Qur’an – the holy book for Muslims – it’s declared that we all have the freedom to believe as we wish. Through these words, we are reminded that submission to Allah […]

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Prevent Advisory Groups Within Areas Like Redbridge Are Inviting Groups Who Have a Torrid History
June 10, 2019 By Faith Matters

Prevent Advisory Groups Within Areas Like Redbridge Are Inviting Groups Who Have a Torrid History

We within Faith Matters, have made the decision to disengage from any further association with the Redbridge Prevent Advisory Group. This group, which is meant to provide advice, support and scrutiny where possible on local Prevent programmes, now constitutes of some individuals who are part of groups who see nothing positive in Prevent and who […]

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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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