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A right to dignity and respect

7 June 2013 - 1:18pm
| by Clive Adams
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As leader in this territory of The Salvation Army, which a number of you will know to be a Christian church as well as a faith-based charity that provides extensive support services to many marginalised groups through our programmes in social services and our congregations, I am concerned by the contents of a letter, signed by representatives from a group of churches, part of which was published in The Daily Telegraph today (Friday 7 June 2013).

The research cited and matters raised are causes for concern and, indeed, action. In a letter to the Prime Minister, I have asked that these claims be investigated and either substantiate and that he explain the rationale behind the Government’s position on the issues raised or demonstrate their inaccuracy.

I have chosen not to sign the letter on behalf of The Salvation Army as the research is not our own. However, I strongly endorse the Christian values underpinning the contents of, and motivation behind, the letter. With the signatories, I passionately believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity whatever their circumstances, and that disadvantaged people are given such respect as well as access to the practical, social and spiritual support they need to realise their God-given potential.

I am convinced that any negative portrayal of poorer people, whether overtly expressed or implied, will lead to further marginalisation of the most vulnerable in our society. This is not only undesirable, it is unacceptable, and I have expressed these concerns in my letter.

Comments

Submitted by Charles Durman on

This is especially important as the instances of disability-hate crimes is on the rise in the UK with the continuing Govt pressure on reducing the numbers of those on ESA and other disability benefits and the stigmatising of those on benefits as scroungers and frauds(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21865264)

Submitted by Bernard Petrie on

It is not uncommon for politicians to try to sway public opinion ready for the introduction of unpopular policies by using the media to make such an environment. I feel the TC is right to ask for an explanation we have to much social division as it is without our government making more unintentionally.

Submitted by Tony Linford on

I would echo the Commander's concerns expressed in his letter reference above.

Whilst not wishing to be overtly political here (I would state that I am a life long Trade Unionist tough) it seems to me that there is a concerted effort to target the marginalised, the disabled and those on the fringes of our society in the main stream media and certainly through the implementation of certain government policies.

Jesus is quite clear on these matters when he says 'if you love me, feed my sheep." All human beings, irrespective of income, creed, colour, class, or sexual orientation, are His Sheep. They must be treated with respect and dignity and not made the victims of cuts made in order to benefit the better off. Jesus clearly teaches us that the fruits of the earth belong to no single person and that we are to be truly responsible stewards of His creation.

I am sure the Army will publish the response from our Government.

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