BOT minister to promote religious freedom

| 05/07/2018 | 27 Comments
Cayman News Service

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon at the UN

(CNS): The UK’s Foreign Office minister who has responsibility for the British Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, has been appointed as the Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief. The role was described in a release from the Foreign Office as supporting Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to religious tolerance, not just in the UK but internationally. The release said that the Tory peer will promote “the UK’s firm stance on religious tolerance abroad, helping to tackle religious discrimination”.

May said, “Religious discrimination blights the lives of millions of people across the globe and leads to conflict and instability. Both here and abroad, individuals are being denied the basic right of being able to practice their faith free of fear. Tolerance for those of different faiths is fundamental to our values, and is an issue I know is already of great importance to Lord Ahmad, who is constantly looking for fresh ways to promote religious liberty in his role as Minister for Human Rights at the Foreign Office.”

Lord Ahmad said that he was delighted to have been appointed as the PM’s special envoy and that he felt keenly, as a man of faith, when religious minorities are persecuted, discriminated against and treated as second class citizens.

“Freedom of religion or belief is a human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It must be respected. People from all faiths or none should be free to practise as they wish,” he said. “I shall use the UK Government’s global network to reach across religious divides, seek the elimination of discrimination on the basis of religion or belief and bring different communities together,” he added.

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  1. Debbie does Dullards says:

    Yea 2:20 .What is the answer to the Gov being gone this long with no explanations? It is all weird and the UK owes Cayman an answer!
    The man was doing fine and people liked him. He was not hired on to be Billy Graham. People do not care what religion any person practices.
    Freedom from religion is ok too.
    Send our Gov back now!!!!

  2. Bertie : B says:

    How much cash is he making for this so called job ? its not needed at all , and if you think it is , then stop the ongoing religious wars in Northern Ireland , manage your own yard first !

    • Anonymous says:

      Err…why comment on things you don’t understand? Northern Ireland was never really about religion at all…it was about Irish Unity and latterly about drug and protection rackets on both sides.

      • Bertie:B says:

        1:19 , not only was I Born in Belfast , i watched the horror of the troubles , and am very well Aware of Irish history , when you have seen with your own eyes people Murdered just because you are from the Shankel or the Falls roads , one being protestant the other catholic ! the Only reason for the murders , then maybe YOU would understand that it was not just only about irish unity you fool , I SEEN the Blood on the streets , I Seen relatives have broken bottles shoved down their throats for just associating with one religion or the other , So stick your ERR where the sun doesn’t shine . Its you that does not understand a damn thing about those times .

      • Anonymous says:

        Erm, the Catholics want “unity” and the Protestants want to stay in the UK.

  3. Caymanian says:

    Religious freedom is also freedom from religion. I have the freedom to not denote my life to any religion I don’t want to. I’m also free to make fun of petty religious hocus pocus beliefs that the delusional feel compelled to share.

  4. SecureCayNow says:

    May and Ahmad know it’s countries like Saudi Arabia which they support and do oily and slippery business with are the top violators of religious and human rights.

    Let them not even think about more constitutiinal and legislative overreach for the OTs.

    Note, they did not address “choice of faith” . Many faiths like Christianity have a mandate to evangelize. If a Muslim heart is touched and converted, then choose to leave Islam, it is enthrined that he is an infidel and should be killed. Get that changed before moving on.

    Also, saying people should be able to practice their faith as they wish is ludicrous, without clarification. Some faiths and secret religions believe in child sex and sacrifice, as well as other gruesome and unsightly acts, which are unlawful.

    Anything violating sound traditional values and what is democratically opposed by the majority, should be veheminently resisted.

    • Anonymous says:

      So what? Just show them how the free spirited can live and think. A fanatic Christian trying to teach a Muslim that the Christian God is the right one is never going to work. They need to be taught to free their minds from the dogma that all religions apply (and hatred that some of its people promote, in any religion). This also applies to many here…their hateful messages make me want to puke.

      • Anonymous says:

        Since when was Jesus dying for your sins hateful?
        Are you so perfect that you need no salvation?
        True Christians only wish the salvation of many.

    • Jotnar says:

      What are these religions that believe in child sex and sacrifice? You can’t just make stuff up to support an argument.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Translation: We need to make sure we can propagte Islam thorughout the Caribbean. And be tolerant of extreme ideologies such as Sharia Law.

    What he DOESN’T mean: is protect Christian heritage and values in Cayman.

  6. Beaumont Zodecloun says:

    I believe we already have these freedoms, however it doesn’t hurt anything to reinforce them.

    That said, if religious beliefs involve radically changing the structure, laws, or architecture of a country, then that is no longer about religion, but about culture.

    For example, if women’s rights (or anyone’s) are threatened by a person’s religious beliefs, that person can continue to practice their own beliefs, but have no expectation of secular laws superceding the law of the land.

    • Anonymous says:

      But the religious believe they must control everyone to live like them. It drives me mad.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Stupid. Where are my rights to get religion out of politics and laws?

  8. Anonymous says:

    More untrustworthy bullshit from a bullshit, untrustworthy government.
    We do not need people to police beliefs.

    It was written a long time ago, a tree is known by its fruit. A good tree bears good fruit and a corrupt tree bears corrupt fruit.

    All you have to do is look at the person’s actions. Their actions reflect their beliefs. Blow people up in a marketplace with a bomb, well then there you go.
    Forgive people for hating you, well then there you go.

  9. Anonymous says:


    Where’s our Guv’nor?


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