Talking with Tatchell – Archive

The rise of the religious right in the UK

9 February 2007

Religious fundamentalism is growing in strength and influence. It demands state funding for faith schools and charities, the censorship of plays and operas, and the attempted exemption of religious bodies from equality legislation, such as the new sexual orientation regulations.

Peter Tatchell interviews Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society.

The government often colludes with the religious right. Conservative faith leaders (not liberal, progressive ones) are granted privileged access to 10 Downing Street. They are consulted on all major policy issues. Human rights and civil liberty groups get no such access to the corridors of government.

Is the power of the religious right a threat to democracy and human rights?

Why does the government often collude with its theocratic agenda?

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