Countering Political Extremism

Christians, along with people from other faith communities and beyond, have been very concerned by the growing presence of extremist parties in local elections and their threat to community cohesion. Churches of a range of denominations have stated that racism, in all its forms, is a sin, and a denial of God's love for each of God's children.

The nature of racist and extremist activity has begun to change recently.  Alongside political parties such as the British National Party, we now also have social movements such as the English Defence League.  These pages offer a collection of resources to churches seeking to respond to such extremist groups:

If you have suggestions, questions or resources, please email them to

This information has been compiled by the Methodist Church working together with the Baptist Union, the Catholic Association for Racial Justice, the Church of England and the United Reformed Church.

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Prayer Update: Asia Bibi case postponed

Asia Bibi has been on death row in Pakistan since 2010 for allegedly breaking the country’s strict blasphemy laws. Bibi denies the allegations. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are heavily criticised for their use to persecute minority faiths. Although the majority of … Continue reading 

May’s cynical maiden speech discredits migrants and the UK. Here’s a rewrite.

The way in which Politician’s use their maiden speeches matters in politics. It is on world stages such as the UN General Assembly that new leaders often reveal insights about their political hopes and ambitions for the future. Prime Minister … Continue reading 

Living with difference or living with decline?

On Wednesday one of Britain’s smallest religious groups, the Mennonites, announced they would no longer hold acts of collective worship, as dwindling numbers have forced them to abandon regular Sunday services. This sad news will resonate with many Christian congregations …Continue reading 

When will it end?

From mothers who don’t speak English to teachers who wear the veil, politicians have recently been singling out Muslim women for criticism.  Julian Bond, member of the Methodist Church/URC Interfaith Relations Reference Group, offers some personal reflections.  When will it …Continue reading 

Download the Public Issues Calendar for 2016

The Public Issues Calendar dates are available for download. Click the link below to access the important dates to put in your diary for this year. Calendar dates 2016

Responding to the Out of School Education Service Call for Evidence

Some reflections: – In October, as a part of his proposals to crack down on extremism, David Cameron announced the intention to require supplementary schools such as  madrassas, Sunday schools or Jewish yeshivas that provide more than 6-8 hours of … Continue reading 

A Prayer for the Situation in Calais

The Rev Phil Jump, Regional Minister for the North Western Baptist Association and JPIT Team Member from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, has prepared this prayer to coincide with the publication today of a joint statement by our church … Continue reading 

Will the generational struggle for religious tolerance be solved by the Government’s new five-year plan to tackle extremism?

On Monday 20 July, the Prime Minister gave a speech outlining the UK Government’s plan to tackle religious extremism over the next five years.  Here the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, reflects on the … Continue reading 

Migration Watch report: Unpleasant and Innacurate

Migration Watch’s report1 on Eastern European migrants’ tax and benefits gets this week’s prize for rapid and unpleasant inaccuracy. The report’s 16 word first sentence manages to contain two factual errors – one of which is so bad as to … Continue reading 

Countering Political Extremism – local elections 2 May 2013

Local elections are taking place on Thursday 2 May 2013. This year, councillors will be elected in 8 Unitary authorities in England and one in Wales; and in 27 county councils with a two-tier structure. Mayors will be elected in … Continue reading 

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