Commenting on the decision my six major church bodies to walk out of the Religion and Belief Consultative Group (RBCG), Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, which has argued that churches should engage positively with the equalities agenda rather than seeking continual opt-outs and exemptions, said:
“If religious and non-religious groups are to tackle emerging questions of equality together constructively, they need to be able to model that in the way they do things as well as the content of their exchanges.
“Walk-outs by the churches are not the way forward. They are either an admission of defeat or a declaration of self-sufficiency - neither of which is an encouraging Christian position.
"Hopefully there will be some re-thinking, re-linking and re-configuring going on behind the scenes, enabling all parties to move beyond public rows towards fresh re-engagement.”
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