Commenting on a major civil liberties event taking place across the UK this coming weekend, Simon Barrow of the religion and society thinktank Ekklesia said:
"The Convention on Modern Liberty (http://www.modernliberty.net/ ) embodies the new kind of people-driven politics that can emerge as traditional political institutions waver under growing worldwide pressures, and as they are tempted to resort to authoritarian measures."
"Similar challenges face organisations based around religion and belief," he adds.
"Will faith groups turn in upon themselves, resort to aggressive popularism and shy away from sharing free public space with others? Or can they develop global understandings of citizenship and shared responsibility, rooted in the reflectiveness of their own specific traditions, which open doors and expose abuses of power?"
Ekklesia is convening the 'Faiths and Freedoms' session at the Convention on 28 February 2009: http://tinyurl.com/c6xwu4