Petition to Derby City Council Democratic Services
Prevent the English Defence League from demonstrating in Derby
The far-right extremist group the English Defence League is intending to hold a march in Derby on the 8th of April. Many people in the area believe that allowing this march to take place is an endorsement of Islamophobic hate speech, and risks the safety and well-being of innocent local residents. Although it could be said that preventing the march would infringe upon freedom of speech, a crude neoliberal approach ignores the fact that freedom of speech does not include hate speech. Personal liberty ends when it infringes upon the rights of others, and local residents’ freedom from persecution on the grounds of religion or ethnicity take precedent over the EDL’s ability to spread their message. Hate speech encourages hate crimes, and facilitating this directly threatens the lives of the thousands of Muslims living in Derby. Although they deny any racist or Islamophobic links, the prevalence of underground extremist groups such as the EDL has grown in line with an increase in racially and religiously-motivated attacks, particularly since the EU referendum. The EDL has, on many occasions, been shown to become aggressive and violent towards local residents and police; the use of slurs and Nazi salutes has been observed. We call for Derby City Council to take any action necessary to prevent the EDL from demonstrating. Those signing this petition aim to spread the message that there is no place for far-right extremism in Derby, and that we are proud of our acceptance and diversity. Additionally, they acknowledge the distinctions between different types of political expression, and do not endorse suppression of those which do not pose a threat to others (such as vigils, or protests against inequality). This petition expires at 11:59 on 26/03/17
Petition to The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot, Administrator of the Diocese of Perth and the Diocesan Council
Do Not Silence Father Chris Bedding
Father Chris Bedding is a priest, an activist, and a comedian. In all three of these roles, he is a positive social influence. His parish has blossomed into a supportive, living community, and his work for the rights of refugees and LGTBQI people is as commendable as it is tireless. He has, however, currently been removed from his parish due to a single complaint about his social media usage, and the perceived content of his onstage performances. He has been denied the right of reply, and treated poorly. It is a shabby state of affairs that this excellent priest is being censored for creating innovative art. It is also a shameful waste of the limited time and resources available to a Church department principally set up to assist survivors of sexual abuse. As a comedian, Father Chris is funny, perceptive, creative, thoughtful – and through Pirate Church, a great provider of insight into the Christian faith, as well as the amusing day-to-day minutiae of parish life. Pirate Church has taken elements of the Anglican Church to audiences that would never have encountered its theology or practice, and made both accessible and interesting. It is more amusing than The Pearly Gates comic strip that used to run in the Anglican Messenger; more insightful than The Vicar of Dibley and unlike Rowan Atkinson’s procession of incompetent clergymen, Father Chris’s performances are not rooted in the stumbling, bumbling “good evening, Vicar” of English farce. Father Chris is a man whose onstage work reflects the living, breathing modern Church. It is unique, and is arguably the best contemporary representation of modern Christianity to be seen on any stage. (Jesus Christ Superstar, is, after all, looking a little creaky.) As members of the Arts community, and people of diverse faith, sexuality and gender, we are honoured to have him as a peer. We maintain that Father Chris has been removed from his parish as part of a secretive, misguided and cruel process, and we petition the Administrator and the Diocesan Council to reinstate him immediately. Art is subjective, but to see such a vital community voice struck down over an interpretation of art is sickening.
Petition to Mr. Narendra Mehta
Help Us Stop Accidents on Jain Sadhus - Lets Raise Our Voice Peacefully
Re - Jain Community Let us all Raise our Voice and Patiently Demonstrate our Objection to Accidents to our Jain Sadhu and Sadhvis - We Demand Protection for our Sadhu & Sadhvis - Please Provide Justice Mr. Narendra Mehta, BJP MLA, Mira Bhayendar Road Sir, this is to bring to your notice (as you might already be aware of) that our Jain Sadhu Sadhvis are not safe. Each day our heart weeps (and i am sure you must be feeling the same) when i see the pictures (i cant see it anymore actually...i felt extremely bad while uploading this as well) of road and highway accidents our Jain Sadhu & Sadhvis. I request the entire Jain Community to Stand up against the Brutal Accidents of our Sadhus and Sadhvis.. I request all the Jain Trustees, Sangh Pramuks, Sanghpatis, Karyakartas and finally Jain Shravak and Shravikaas and the Jain Youth and any one from any religion who firmly believes that any saint belonging to any religion should be protected against brutal assassinations (ya i would like to call it as such) to take up this issue and raise our unified voice against this inhumanity. Please whether you are a Derawasi, Sthanakwasi or Digambara or of any caste extend support to our cause by signing this petition and spreading this awareness. I specially request to the ever active and passionate Jain Youth, a lot depends on you..you guys are socially active, are well informed and well connected, please use your energy to spread this message of ours to the right person through the right medium. I mean how long can we keep on seeing this. Everyday we get to hear of such accidents. I am sure there must be several petitions or peaceful demonstrations from Jain Community for taking this up seriously (although i may not be knowing of) and raising our voice against such incidents. We need to raise a unified voice against this brutality, otherwise it will never ever stop and at this rate we have the fear of losing all our beloved saints. Sir I am writing this petition to yourself Mr. Narendra Mehta, knowing that you would be able to better comprehend my dilemma as i am sure you would not disagree with me. We will appreciate if you can help us in spreading awareness by representing this cause on behalf of the community and taking this up to the topmost authority. Lastly all my friends in cause please if you believe that the cause is worth it then please extend your support by signing this petition (it will not take more than 5 mins of your precious time) but who knows a small effort now might yield great results. If you have difficulties or dont know how to fill the petition please send me a message, i will help you. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for at least having the patience to read this (signing the petition or not i leave it upto your judgement)
Petition to UK Parliament
Abolish the peerage rights of the Lords Spiritual
The UK is a richly diverse, secular country which is Christian in name only. Less than 5% of the population attend church on a regular basis. This petition is to ask parliament to reconsider whether holding up to 26 seats in the House of Lords for Bishops is appropriate. After all, it could be argued that their only qualification for being there is that they are very good at make believe. A great many issues are ratified by the upper house, and the over representation of a particular religion is unhelpful and unrepresentative of the people of this country. For example, the LGBTQ+ population are not recognised by the Church. We ask the government to remove the right to a seat from the clergy, and instead have them elected individually, in the same way the other major faiths are.
Petition to Theresa May MP
End compulsory prayer in British public schools
Under existing laws, schools have a statutory duty to ensure pupils take part “each school day in an act of collective worship”. Parents in England and Wales have a right to withdraw their child from such services, but this is not the case in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Although many schools keep collective worship to only once a week for a pupil.In secular schools the worship must be “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character”. This also applies to academies, free schools and foundations school. This clearly ostracizes children of other faiths and atheist. Children should be taught critical thinking, allowing them to make informed decisions on what faith they want to follow or abandon faith entirely. Compulsory prayer of the Christian faith is insulting to all who aren't Christian, prayer should not be forced, students of faith should pray during spare time instead of having everyone forced to do it. So, what's the solution? It would not take much, the legislation could be scrapped or it could be reformed to instead have a compulsory minute of reflection and thought during which, students of faith are free to pray.