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UK Bahrain Islamic Finance Summit

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Baroness Warsi Speaks Her Mind

Baroness Warsi Speaks Her Mind

Article in The Independent

Baroness Warsi on racial profiling and British foreign policy

Baroness Warsi on racial profiling and British foreign policy

Article in The Asian Image

Baroness Warsi Urges Communities to Integrate

Baroness Warsi Urges Communities to Integrate

Interview with The Asian Today

Baroness Warsi Speaks Out On Islamophobia, Richard Dawkins, Bingo Posters And ‘Racist’ Ukip

Baroness Warsi Speaks Out On Islamophobia, Richard Dawkins, Bingo Posters And ‘Racist’ Ukip

Interview in Huffington Post, 29th March 2014

Baroness Warsi on Faith, Islamophobia and Tony Blair

Baroness Warsi on Faith, Islamophobia and Tony Blair

Faith In Politics: Interview with Laura Jones from On Religion magazine

Speech at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat

Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.

It is a true honour to be here. I have had the privilege of speaking from the pulpits of Britain’s oldest cathedrals and from the lecterns of the world’s greatest universities…

But there is nothing quite like standing here at Muscat’s spectacular Grand Mosque, a place of deep spirituality and immense beauty.

For me, this is something of a home from home – not only because it is a symbol of the faith I hold so dearly, Islam, but because its construction was partly down to a British company!

And it is therefore the perfect backdrop for me to talk about religious tolerance. For Oman under His Majesty’s wise leadership is a symbol of that very co-existence we are all striving for. Proof that sectarianism is not inevitable – even when a religion is blighted by splits in a region that is constantly the focus of such tensions. Now I look forward to saying more about the lessons I think we can learn from your example later on in this speech. Read more

Speech at Huddersfield University to mark Inter Faith Week

INTRODUCTION

 

I am delighted to be here to celebrate interfaith week and I am very grateful to Bishop Tony for inviting me.

 

For many decades I have called not just for interfaith dialogue but for interfaith action.

 

It’s no good the local vicar and local imam just sharing a cuppa and a samosa.

 

Different faiths need to come together, work together and together make a difference to their communities.  

 

I believe that over the last few years we have seen a shift from interfaith dialogue to interfaith action.

 

To encourage that, we have ensured our faith-based programmes in government are interfaith programmes.

 

And they don’t just bring communities together for the sake of bringing them together; they bring them together to make a difference.

 

Programmes like the Big Iftar…

 

…which encourages mosques and community centres to open their doors and break their fast with different communities during Ramadan.

 

Like Near Neighbours…

 

…which gives grants to grassroots projects of many different faiths in the areas which need it most.

 

And like the First World War Commonwealth Contribution programme

 

…which shines a spotlight on those Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and others who fought and fell, side by side, a hundred years ago.

 

I have often argued that the presence of another faith is not a threat to your own identity.

 

It shows that you are unshakeable in your identity.

 

Working alongside someone of a different faith doesn’t make you less of a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew.

 

It actually makes you more of one.

 

It’s something I believe we do very well in this country. And I think we can do it even better.

 

 

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“An international response to a global crisis” – speech at Georgetown University, Washington DC

Our world has, at various points, been divided into empires, carved into countries, and separated by ethnicities.

 

Conflict has taken many forms.

 

Today I want to focus on a dangerous and rising phenomenon.

 

One where we see religion turning on religion, sect upon sect.

 

In other words, where faith is forming the fault lines.

 

According to this worldview – and it’s the view of many…

 

…my ally and my enemy are determined not by geography or politics or colour, but more and more so by religion.

 

The fundamental tenets of the major faiths don’t lend themselves to this.

 

They are not intrinsically on some collision course.

 

However, religion is being used by some as a means of division, segregation, discrimination and persecution.

 

And that persecution, I believe, is the biggest challenge we face in this young century.

 

It has become a global crisis.

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SPEECH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE: CHURCHILL ARCHIVES ‘FAITH IN POLITICS’ CONFERENCE

INTRODUCTION

I am delighted to speak about the vital place I believe faith has in politics. 

For the Conservative Party has always put faith at the heart of policy making.

Religion runs through our history and through our veins. 

So today I want to argue that, in government… 

…even in a Coalition government…

 …we are staying true to those roots. Read more