by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today
Government plans to force priests, rabbis and imams to face rigorous new security vetting to combat extremism have been condemned.
The Home Office is to make ministers and clergy across the religions join a national register of faith leaders. They will receive special training and security checks as part of the UK Government’s counter-extremism strategy.
The draft proposals, leaked to The Telegraph, will be published in the autum. They state that the Government will “require all faiths to maintain a national register of faith leaders”. There will be a “minimum level of training and checks” that faith leaders must go through to join the register.
Faith leaders who wish to work with the public sector, such as in universities, schools and prisons, will have to join the register. Most faith leaders in the country will be affected as most work closely with a number of public institutions.
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