Equality for Secular Belief and Minority Faiths?
Reflections on the Commission on Religion in British Public Life
Within two generations, religion and belief have changed dramatically in the United Kingdom. The country finds itself much less religious and less Christian than ever before, while at the same time, its diversity grows. Questions are now arising about how to recognize secular belief and minority faiths in British public life within the context of its declining Christian heritage.
At this event, Tariq Modood considered this topic in relation to the 2015 report “Living with Difference: community, diversity and the common good,” issued by the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (CORAB). Modood, who served on the commission, followed the broad framework of the CORAB report and argued for a balanced, intertwined, and evolving relationship between the Christian, the secular, and the minority faiths in Britain as an extended implementation of the concepts of religion and belief and the ethno-religious.