Appeal for RESPECT motion on secularism
Dave Landau, Islington RESPECT
If you agree with this resolution and believe this is a vital debate for
Respect to have at its conference at the end of October then please
could you let me know that you want your name added to the list of
supporters. Resolutions require the names of at least 20 paid up
members to be discussed at conference. Resolutions have to be in by 11
If you want to put your name down then contact me at
RESOLUTION TO RESPECT CONFERENCE
OCT 2004 ON SECULARISM
This conference declares that RESPECT the Unity Coalition is a secular
This means RESPECT strives for a society in which people of all faiths
and none are equal, in which there is a complete separation between
religion and the state and any instruments of governance nationally or
locally and opposes the coercion by any authority of any person to
adhere to a faith or obey the rules of any faith. It means that RESPECT
is open to those of all faiths and none, does not favour and is not
beholden to any religion or religious institution.
Conference asserts that this follows from our commitment to equality and
socialism, a commitment embedded in our title. As a consequence of
this RESPECT will actively:
Oppose coercive action by religious institutions, authorities or
movements. Oppose the suppression of right of individuals or sections
of the community by religious institutions, authorities or movements -
for example gender rights, right to sexuality, right to 'heretical'
·Support all working class and progressive movements within those
communities who stand up for the rights of those under threat from
religious institutions, authorities or movements.
· Oppose the persecution and discrimination of people because of their
faith. Oppose the suppression of a faith by the state.
· Demand the immediate abolition of the Blasphemy Laws
· Demand the immediate disestablishment of the Church of England.
· Demand the end of state subsidies to all faith schools.