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Don't Lose Faith in Manchester

Not my heading for a change, but one I have borrowed from one of the events I have attended today. Four things from today's diary I want to mention. First off Islam Awareness Week, launched today here at the Town Hall.

Ever since 9/11 Islam has had a bad press, leaving many of us with a completely misleading view. My Muslim friends never fail to impress on me that it is a religion of peace. There are tiny minorities both within and without Islam who would like to create a very different impression. People who have no interest in communities living together with tolerance, equality, mutual respect and peace but instead want to foster hatred and division. It's the duty of all responsible citizens to make sure they don't succeed.

On a similar theme, this week is Inter-Faith Week, and I welcome people from across Greater Manchester to the 'Don't Lose Faith' event in Manchester Town Hall. Faith groups make a tremendous contribution to our communities and it's good to see that work being profiled nationally this week. But faith groups can also be very exclusive, and it's great to see such a wide range of people and faiths determined to work together.

A slight interlude then for a photo with representatives from Friends of the Earth, presenting their postcard petition asking the Council to act on climate change. We've had to get it in at the beginning of the week, as on Wednesday, the Council's Executive will be considering our Climate Change Action Plan, which FoE were one of the many groups involved in writing it with us.

This evening it's back to the community and cohesion theme when I go to Wythenshawe for the Real Lives celebration, a celebration of what has been achieved over the past year in countering negative images of this our garden suburb, and what has been achieved fostering residents' pride in this great part of the city. I went to the launch a year ago so I'm very much looking forward to seeing and hearing for myself what progress has been made. (Just to be clear, I have been to Wythenshawe in-between times as well).

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There are 9 responses to “Don't Lose Faith in Manchester”

  1. Mr Pedantic Says:

    "People who have no interest in communities living together with tolerance, equality, mutual respect and peace but instead want to foster hatred and division. It's the duty of all responsible citizens to make sure they don't succeed." I think this is a bit of a mixed message - how exactly are we as duty bound citizens supposed to stop the intolerent from succeeding? And who decides who is being tolerent, am I intolerent because I think this is cobblers? Are duty bound citizens supposed to form vigilante groups in order to fight the, as yet undefined, intolerent with zero tolerence. There's a fine line here. Someone of your influence should be careful of how you communicate your message.

  2. Mr Nemo Says:

    Religions are never the cause of violence. The cause of religious violence are those who would hijack religion for their own ends. So enough with the misguided platitutude that 'Islam is a religion of peace' as Islam is not the cause of religious based violence.

  3. bicolouredpythonrocksnake Says:

    Have you read the Old Testament, Mr Nemo?...

  4. A Shogun Named Marcus Says:

    Mr Nemo, 2 words. The Crusades.

  5. tony samsmith Says:

    Tolerance is absolutely the key to unlocking so much peace in our communities. But why do you ignore the basic rights violations of islam (and many other religions)in regard to women, non muslims/ christian etc, and homosexuals? I'm fed up with seeing public officials frightened to challenge some communities on their treatment of others. Mr Leese knows that if any of his staff treated a woman or gay worker the way some communities treat them, they would be (rightly) dismissed. Please can some of our leaders to begin to demonstrate some courage.

  6. Mr Pedantic Says:

    Re Tony Samsmith

    But the question is how do you define tolerence. Your idea of tolerence is based on your life experience. Who are you to judge others perspective. Stick your nose out. If someone commits a criminal offence i.e. punches someone because they are gay, does not give someone a job because they are woman - then they are breaking the law and should be treated as such (I am aware that the government legislates this - but it's different to the LA). It's not up to Richard Leese, you, me or anyone to start trying to interfere with people's religious beliefs. Yes be mindful of the effects of religion but don't be controlled by what they want or try to regulate them. And this is coming from an atheist. I'd rather religion was replaced by a pursuit in exploring the universe we participate in rather than locked on the Earth we live on. I think if you control your life by albeit meaningful parables that's your look out - I'll be working out how to evolve. Evolution - my religion!

  7. red arrow Says:

    ''It's not up to Richard Leese, you, me or anyone to start trying to interfere with people's religious beliefs''.
    '' I'd rather religion was replaced by a pursuit in exploring the universe''.
    Sorry to be pedantic, but is this a contradiction?

  8. Mr Pedantic Says:

    Red Arrow - No it's not a contradiction. I'm not going to force people to live by my views of atheism. I didn't suggest I would. I don't want followers, if I did I'd be a religion and I'll tell you right now that you don't want that. I'm terribly disorganised. No, I'll simply sit back while people fight about religion and try and learn instead.

  9. www.manchester.gov.uk Says:

    Www manchester gov.. May I repost it? :)

 

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