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Faith Communities — Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:07 pm on 29th May 2012.

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Photo of Lord Palmer of Childs Hill Lord Palmer of Childs Hill Liberal Democrat 12:07 pm, 29th May 2012

My Lords, we have heard moving contributions from those speaking about all kinds of faith communities. Jews have found a safe haven in this country and the Commonwealth for many years under British sovereigns. Her Majesty and her father have continued the tradition of welcoming the contributions of the Jewish community to the life and richness of Britain through some of our trying times. She has more than followed in the steps of Queen Victoria, when Sir Moses Montefiore showed how one can be a passionate Jew and a passionate Englishman.

In the new Elizabethan age over the past 60 years, the world has changed at a frantic pace. However, faith has been a bedrock of stability in often difficult times. This country is all the better for its diversity, and that diversity is experienced nowhere more than in the variety of faith groups that now exist in this country. May Her Majesty's reign go from strength to strength, that we may move forward towards the vision of Isaiah, where,

"nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more".