Religion And The Failure Of Politics

May 17, 2012 · Greater London, United Kingdom

Simon Hughes MP has agreed to host a meeting in the House of Commons to discuss if the signs of religious revival both nationally and globally are related to failure in the secular world of politics.
What is the “proper” relationship between religion and politics in today’s world and is the re-emergence of religious groups and indeed religious fundamentalism both nationally and globally the result of the failure of the secular world to make a difference through politics. Has politics failed leading to a vacuum that is now being filled by new religious groups, fundamentalists and demands for spiritual wakening? In this environment how can politics be made to matter again and what is the responsibility of politicians?
Simon Hughes is the Member of Parliament for Southwark and Bermondsey and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons i. He is currently serving as the Government's Advocate for Access to Education.Over the years he has had a number of parliamentary responsibilities. Simon is a devout Christian and describes his faith in terms of a "family streak of Welsh Presbyterianism and Puritanism."
Andrew Copson is the Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association and before that he was coordinating the BHA's education and public affairs work. His writing on humanist and secularist issues has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and New Statesman as well as in various journals and he has represented the BHA and Humanism extensively on television news on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, as well as on television programmes such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics and The Big Questions. He is a former director of the European Humanist Federation (EHF) and is currently a Vice President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), where he leads on Communications.
Jay Lakhani is a Hindu educationalist promoting Hindu education in schools, colleges and universities in the UK. Jay Lakhani is also the director of the Hindu council in UK. He is known for his strong opposition to the hierarchical caste system and the atrocity of conversion being committed in the name of religion. Jay Lakhani is also against mass conversion from one religion to another. All religions have their own pathways for making spiritual progress and asking one to change his religion as like asking a river coming down from a mountain to go back up and come down another way. Jay is also a theoretical physicist
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