New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Password:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
 
 
News >

Dr Sentamu urges mutual respect


THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, has responded to the Government's drive to make young people show more respect with an alternative vision: if leaders want people to respect them, then they should show them respect.

The Government said this week that it would seek powers to evict people from their homes for three months if they were too unruly. It also wanted police to issue £100 on-the-spot fines for street disorder.

But Dr Sentamu gave the example of the late Bishop Trevor Huddleston CR, who, as a white priest in South Africa under apartheid, who had met a black domestic worker with the words: "Good morning, ma'am." The greeting had made an "indelible impression" on the woman's nine-year-old son, who grew up to become the Archbishop of Cape Town, Dr Desmond Tutu.

Trevor Huddleston's show of respect had also made his own ministry possible, Dr Sentamu told the BBC. Speaking of young people, he continued: "If they are not treated lovingly and forgivingly, they will be unforgiving. If we do not trust them, they will not trust us."

The Government launched its Respect Action Plan to "tackle the underlying causes of anti-social behaviour". The campaign was aimed at supporting families, offering a new approach to the most "challenging" families, improving behaviour in school, finding more activities for young people, strengthening communities, and ensuring effective enforcement and "community justice".

The Government said it would offer more help in parenting, and give more organisations the chance to apply for parenting orders when children misbehaved. It wanted people to stand up to bad behaviour and make public services more accountable to local people. In the country's most disadvantaged areas, it wanted to link physical regeneration to measures to manage behaviour.

The Evangelical Alliance warned that the respect agenda could turn into a political gimmick. "If the Government is really serious about tackling the causes, rather than the incidence, of anti-social behaviour and the lack of respect in society, it must do more to support agencies and groups who are seeking to mentor young people and families and instil values over the long term," said David Muir, its public policy director.

Leader comment
Is the Respect Action Plan just a gimmick? Vote

Job of the week

Chief Administrator

South East

CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR The Chapter of Chichester seek applicants for the office of Chief Executive Officer, known as COMMUNAR The Communar is responsible for strategic financ...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

A bountiful harvest grown in faith

A bountiful harvest grown in faith

In this extract from their new book, Susie Weldon and Sue Campbell tell the story of Christians and Muslims in Africa who are finding new ways to farm, based on their scriptures  Subscribe to read more

Question of the week
Should the UK take in more refugees fleeing Islamic State's terrorists?

To prevent multiple voting, we now ask readers to be logged in. This is free, quick and easy, honestly. Click here to login or register

Top comment

Corporate tax avoider? Shame on you, then!

It might be legal, but is it moral? Geoff Daintree on a new report that challenges people who pay as little tax as they can  Subscribe to read more

Thu 30 Oct 14 @ 13:01
RT @SCM_PressFlash sale - 20% of all Ethics and Philosophy titles. Ends midnight 31st Oct. http://t.co/SSqXnxYEch http://t.co/FOL8yPLV2P

Thu 30 Oct 14 @ 12:46
RT @FaithDebatesYou can read Professor @LindaWoodhead's analysis of the @YouGov Anglican clergy survey in tomorrow's @churchtimes #FutureCofE