07 December 2015
Comment on the Woolf Institute report, Living with Difference
Dr David Landrum, director of advocacy at The Evangelical Alliance, said:
"The Evangelical Alliance welcomes the call in this report for government to acknowledge and embrace authentic plurality. We look forward to playing our part in securing a free and diverse future, and continuing the evangelical contribution to the common good.
"Some suggestions in the report, particularly in relation to education, could be interpreted as reflecting a distinctly secular perspective and need clarifying, because there is no such thing as secular neutrality. It's a myth.
"Calls for a 'new Magna Carta' to reflect the diversity of the UK are laudable, but it's important to remember that the Magna Carta, as a basis for human rights, was strongly informed by biblical principles. The freedoms for this report to be developed, and for the debate to take place, derive from the historic Christian investment in our culture.
"Effective democracy, substantive human rights and liberty are intractably linked to the Bible and the Christian faith. If we want to continue to enjoy the fruits of our culture, as a society we will need to continue to tend, or at the very least acknowledge, the roots of our culture."
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