Ekkesia co-director Simon Barrow is one of a range of signatories to a letter in the Independent newspaper (others include leading academics, educationists and human rights advocates) expressing concern about the impact of an enforced PREVENT strategy on open debate, free speech and political dissent across Britain. There will be more to follow on this. The letter appeared on Friday 10th June 2015. It is reproduced in full here:
Imagine police wake you. Though not suspected of any involvement in violence, you are being investigated for terrorism-related offences, on the basis of a remark by your three-year-old at a playgroup or childminder’s.
'Timor mortis conturbat me' – the fear of death disturbs me. These words, from the liturgy of the Roman Catholic church, first became a literary device in medieval times, bracketing human follies and fears within the ambit of our common mortality.