The government is pressing re-set on its tense relationship with faith communities, with a review that is likely to recommend how to tackle religious illiteracy inside Whitehall and establish a special office to handle faith matters.
Colin Bloom, the government faith adviser who is leading the project, was in conversation with Christopher Lamb, for the Religion Media Centre.
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“I think the lack of faith literacy within the civil service is a big question. You see some people who say ‘I don’t understand [religion] so I want to be neutral.’ They think that ignoring faith is somehow a neutral response, when I would argue, ‘No, ignoring faith is the opposite of neutral: you’re actually actively shutting people of faith out.”– Colin Bloom