Welcome to another week.
Child abuse within a faith based context has been highlighted by the media regularly over the last few days. Cases of children being abused by Catholic nuns and priests have featured, as have stories of children being hurt in demonic possession rituals.
Religion has historically been the bedrock of England’s political and social makeup. Over time, the country has slowly removed its governance from religious tenets, but elements of the Church of England’s supremacy over legal principles have remained.
A close look at how religion continues to obstruct equality and human rights would be something the establishment might resist. On the other hand, it would also give it the chance to develop better faith based practices, and ensure that children are fully protected.
Our question this week then, is a simple one: should we have a whole scale review of religious practices in the UK with the aim of codifying all aspects of those practices and customs which breach our current welfare policies and human rights legislation, and then make those practices illegal?