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31st May 2012
Dr Rowan Williams said that the tendency to treat faith as a “problem” stemmed from a “plain lack of historical and cultural awareness”.
He said that the influence of the teachings of Christianity and Judaism in particular had helped shape a distinctly British brand of tolerance, democracy and rule of law. But some government bodies had been reluctant to work with faith groups because of a “failure of understanding” about this, he said.
The Archbishop was speaking during a debate in the House of Lords, tabled by the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, on the role of faith in Britain ahead of the Diamond Jubilee.
Lord Sacks told the House that the Queen’s influence had ensured that relations between different religions in Britain were among the best in the world.
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John Bingham | Daily Telegraph