It was a very revealing evening leaving all with more questions than answers. If as was suggested the same criteria of law were applied to religious groups as to the secular institutions such as schools, where would it leave the confessional priests and the psychotherapists who had these abuses confided to them? Anyone confessing to them about what they had done would be certain to go to gaol. So do we understand from all this that it falls to the children themselves who have to tell the truth and give evidence to expose the child abusers and thereby get them convicted?
It seems as if it’s still a knotty problem but it was very good to hear the lady from Bangladesh stand up and say how awful it was to be subservient and I am sure all appreciate the free speech we have here. Well done for organising a ground-breaking evening.
It seems to me that before we can realistically tackle to solve some of these knotty issues – ALL faith communities have to sign up to one over-arching rule: ‘Humans rights come before religious rights’. Without establishing this very basic fundamental – no equation will yield a result that would meet our collective expectations. So as I stated at the event – can we prepare a motion that seeks to get every major faith (and faith leader) in this country to sign up to a declaration: ‘Humans rights come before religious rights’. By making this demand public it will soon become apparent which faiths/communities are paying only lip service, compared with those who actually wish to protect the vulnerable in society.
It was a very powerful meeting. I was initially very concerned that an audience member tried to silence the imam. He wanted to air an issue that obviously was burning within him. Luckily the truth prevailed . It was a pleasure to be part of it.