Warsi gives warning on hatred

01 February 2013

THE Government is committed to tackling "the unacceptable scourge of anti-religious hatred", the Senior Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Minister for Faith and Communities, Baroness Warsi, said last week.

In a speech given at a fund-raising dinner, on Thursday of last week, for Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), a support service for victims of anti-Muslim attacks, Lady Warsi, who is a practising Muslim, said that "the negative perception of Muslims", especially in the media, was "paving the way for anti-Muslim hatred".

She said that a "misinformed suspicion of people who follow Islam . . . can all too quickly create the conditions for prejudice to become accepted in our society".

She said: "Our religious freedoms are the envy of the globe. Let's strengthen that reputation by proving that we once again can rise to the challenge and stamp out this new and rising form of prejudice."

Last week, Lady Warsi convened a meeting of ministers and ambassadors from around the world, in London, to discuss religious intolerance and freedom of belief ( News, 25 January).


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