Council of the Faiths

In a predominantly Christian nation such as Britain, or others in the European Union and around the world, from south America to the USA and beyond, Faith based tensions between the religious majority of those nations and those of the immigrant communities arriving of other faiths means that divisions within the community often occur along these lines, and everything from discrimination to outright persecution can result, making these communities difficult places to live in, and detract from the social benefits of a diverse and culturally rich society.

Those in the minority faith groups can often feel that the larger society is, if not geared to address there needs, and recognise their contributions in this regard, then is positively against them... with their voices going unheeded, their concerns ignored, they easily segregate themselves from the life of the nation, which only reinforces negative stereotypes of their community, and breeds distrust, and the subsequent tension, which may even be expressed in the most dangerous fashion, such as providing easy sources of recruitment for radical groups wishing to engage them in terrorist activity through the exploitation of their grievances, further increasing bigotry and hostility among the wider community toward them. So it becomes a self-perpetuating downward spiral of division and social breakdown.

So it should be obvious that the greater part of the solution to this is to include with equality, the minority communities along faith lines in the social life of a nation, using the structures and institutions that already exist as a basis for broad social cohesion and amenability.

I would propose, in this regard, a national council of the faiths, convened regularly, to discuss and work through the divisions, as a platform for the voices in the communities to express concerns and grievances, issues of the day, and matters of law.

A council comprised of (for instance) the Archbishops of both Anglican and Catholic churches, and other denominations, the Head of Muslim Council (as there is here in Britain), and the respective head representatives of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Zoroastrian Faiths etc. and any other faith that is recognised as a legitimate faith (no Jedis!), and even including the relevant secular organisations could resolve the issues, work toward a better functioning, if not a feasibly perfect society.

When such issues in law arise which are of concern or interest from a faith perspective, the relevant minister could meet and discuss the matter with them, and work through the problems they may have with them, along with Police Chiefs, Community Councillors and members of parliament, in order to reach a broad consensus, and make people of these faiths a valued part of society.
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