Rachael Maskell MP will address York’s Interfaith Forum this evening to discuss the role of faith in civic life. As a Christian, Ms. Maskell believes that faith has a vital role to play in the political and civic life of our nation, and politicians have much to learn from working with faith communities.
The MP believes that there is something very special about York’s Interfaith Forum and the communities they represent. She will cite how they individually and collectively have assisted with vital support to the city at times of need. For example members of York Mosque joined other faith groups to help out during the devastating Boxing Day floods of 2015. More recently York Jewish Community have been pro-active in the community, planting trees and encouraging community engagement. Across the city we have seen members of all faiths working together as one to assist with running York’s essential services such as foodbanks and debt advice. Christians Against Poverty have also been instrumental in providing much needed support to the vulnerable.
Ms Maskell will also confront the challenging issues facing faith in British culture today, and how hate crime has once again become an issue which all in politics have to eradicate, whether on line abuse or verbal and physical attacks on our streets. She will also highlight how anti-Semitism has been identified in the Labour Party, and explain the robust actions that have been taken to address this, while also raising concern about right wing Islamophobia which is on the rise.
Rachael Maskell will say,
“I place the values, the commitment and the ethics of faith communities in high regard, and believe that they enrich our society and culture. Many of the services that support, often the most vulnerable people in York, are supported by faith groups.
“There have been some disturbing examples where people of faith, whether from the Jewish communities or other faiths, have experienced hate crimes, and I will be highlighting how anti-Semitism has no place in the Labour Party, nor does any form of discrimination anywhere across the political spectrum.”
“I meet regularly with faith groups across the city, and recognise the enormous contribution that they make. Tonight is my chance to say thank you and assure all that I will continue to work with them to eradicate discrimination in all its forms.”