Why Religious Freedom is vital: British parliamentarian speaks out on Commonwealth Day

My Mark Woods | Christian Today

British parliamentarian Baroness Berridge has urged the importance of freedom of religion as part of building peace and social cohesion.

Writing on the Politics Home website to mark Commonwealth Day, Berridge, who is director of the Commonwealth Initiative on the Freedom of Religion or Belief, said: ‘In recent years, scholarly research into conflict situations around the world has borne out that the greater respect for freedom of religion or belief correlates in significant ways with a reduction of conflict.’

She admitted religion could also be a source of conflict, but said it was ‘often pulled into circumstances of pre-existing ethnic, social, economic, and political tension’.