Religion, Law and Security
Global security and stability force us to face challenges and controversies that are extremely urgent. But they are also supremely sensitive and generate conflict and social breakdown.
Religions bring their own historical bodies of law, usually seen as sacred, which may create conflicts with secular law and authority. This raises questions for the sustainability of communities when religious individuals and communities negotiate the challenges of living under two codes of law.
Since 2001 global security and international terrorism have been inseparable from questions of religious ideology. A new, highly uncomfortable relationship exists between government bodies and communities of faith. Without the intellectual background to understand the complexity of religious force-fields, it is difficult to analyse threats accurately or create effective responses.
What does this look like in practice?
By the end of 2013, the Lokahi Press will be publishing a book on our Operation Nicole program. This book will document the journey of Operation Nicole and share what you can learn from it to make the changes you want to see in your community.
At Lokahi we consciously assess our environment so the practical responses we offer can be effective. In this paper our director, Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson, discusses how 9/11 and the subsequent 7/7 attacks on London put religion at the centre of questions of national security and how the boundaries in Britain between the ‘political’ and the ‘religious’ were overthrown. This gives a fascinating insight into the current relationship between the State and Muslim communities in particular and gives rise to the question “What has been the legacy of the terrorist attacks, in policy and in practice?”