I have this evening posted a response to the British Humanist Association's report 'Quality and Equality: Human Rights, Public Services and Religious Organisations'. You can find it on our website - which is www.faithworks.info
Please take a few moments to read my response and let me know what you think. The role and and contribution of faith groups to the welfare and social needs of communities across the length and breadth of the UK is undeniable. The BHA report suggests that faith bodies are not fit or appropriate agencies to deliver these services. I fundamentally disagree and fear that the report of the BHA caricatures both humanists (which is unfortunate given the invaluable contribution of many humanists to society and communities across the UK) and Faith communities (for exactly the same reasons).
The BHA report smacks more of polemic than reasoned argument and I would value your views on two key questions.
- Do you think faith groups can deliver good public services?
- If they are removed from public service provision, what would you do with the immense gulf and financial crisis that would confront the UK Welfare system as a result?