Television must embrace all religions, Archbishop of Canterbury says

Hannah Furness, The Telegraph, May 07.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has said television must celebrate all faiths openly, without hiding behind “closed doors”.

If it fails, he warned, broadcasters and viewers could be setting off down a “dangerous road” where ignorance and prejudice were cultivated.

Writing in the Radio Times this week, he said it was “essential” to showcase religions other than Christianity to allow a multicultural society to flourish.

Archbishop Welby, a former oil executive enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral in March, said adults who had received little religious education at school could be reliant upon the television to learn about other faiths.

He argued it was therefore essential to broadcast a range of religious beliefs to help them understand their neighbours, colleagues or friends.

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