David Cameron studies plans for multi-faith Lords
David Cameron is considering plans to create a “multi-faith” House of Lords where Muslim imams could sit alongside Anglican and Catholic bishops.
The controversial suggestion is revealed in a paper drawn up by Tory officials which calls for a wide range of different churches to be represented once reforms to the Upper House are carried out.
Currently 26 Anglican bishops have seats in the Lords. But Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, is drawing up a draft bill setting out wholesale changes to the Lords that are expected to include provisions for hundreds of existing peers, including the bishops, to be evicted while at least 80 per cent of new members are elected.
The paper, produced by the Conservative Christian Fellowship, says: “Christians need to enter the debate and make it clear that we value the presence of the Lords Spiritual, but this doesn’t have to mean unquestioning support for the status quo.
“There is a strong argument that our legislature would also benefit from the wisdom of leaders of Baptist, Catholic, Methodist and black-led congregations.
“A broad bench of Lords Spiritual drawn from a range of churches in Britain could provide a powerful vision of unity.”
As all of these religions have exclusively male senior clerics, including any of them is a form of sex discrimination. Out with them all.
To include imams in the House of Lords is to misunderstand who they represent and their position in Islam. An imam may only have 200 followers and is possibly not connected to any other mosque. He also doesn’t have any obligations to a higher Islamic authority and makes his brand of Islam up as he goes along. When he speaks he does so for himself and no-one else.
A bishop, on the other hand, represents a world established organisation which has thousands of members in the UK and holds a responsible and accountable position within the church and to their congregations. When they speak they represent the higher authority in the church and the wishes of their members.
Apart from the fact that Muslims do not believe in a democracy because Islam must govern itself independent of non-Muslims, who then is better placed to feed into a democratic system – the imam or the bishop? Imams will gleefully sit in the HoL because it is another milestone in establishing Sharia law in the UK. The government must be made aware of the absolute folly of this idea which demonstrates yet again how naive they really are when it comes to Muslims and Islam.