Friday, 21 March 2014

Global Freedom Network

The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced that Archbishop Justin and Pope Francis back Anglican-Catholic anti-slavery and human trafficking initiative.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis have given their backing to a ground-breaking ecumenical initiative to combat modern slavery and human trafficking.

The agreement to help eradicate an injustice affecting up to 29million people was co-signed on March 17th by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See, Archbishop Sir David Moxon; the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Science, Bishop Sanchez Sorondo; Dr Mahmoud Azab on behalf of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Egypt; and Mr Andrew Forrest, the founder of the large international philanthropic anti-slavery organisation from Perth, Western Australia “Walk Free”.

The joint statement by the Global Freedom Network signatories, which underscores the searing personal destructiveness of modern slavery and human trafficking, calls for urgent action by all other Christian churches and global faiths. The Global Freedom Network is an open association and other faith leaders will be invited to join and support the initiative…

The Anglican Centre in Rome and the Vatican have issued press releases.
Major Faith Initiative to Combat Slavery
New Initiative by Global Faiths to Eradicate Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking by 2020
The second of these includes the text of the statement.

The initiative has attracted media attention around the world.

Tim Wyatt Church Times New interfaith body will tackle slavery

Christopher Baker and Helena Liu The Guardian Will Andrew Forrest convince Australia’s billionaires to open their wallets?

Robert Mickens, Mark Brolly and Liz Dodd The Tablet Faiths unite against human trafficking

James MacKenzie The Star (Malaysia) Muslim and Christian leaders unite to combat modern slavery

Stoyan Zaimov Christian Post Europe Catholics, Anglicans and Muslims Unite in Global Freedom Network Aimed at Eradicating Slavery

The Nation (Pakistan) Initiative by Global Faiths to Eradicate Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking by 2020

Peter Sherlock The Conversation The Global Freedom Network reminds us that with acts of faith comes responsibility

Sydney Morning Herald editorial Andrew Forrest’s inspiring role in fight against slavery

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Comments

I do find this ironic. Modern day slavery is evil but back 200 years and you can find even the Bishop of London owning a slave plantation and justifying it biblically.

Today anti-gay rhetoric and corresponding inaction on the part of both Archbishop and Pope is justified biblically by some of their followers.

Posted by: Concerned Anglican on Friday, 21 March 2014 at 12:12pm GMT

I'm so glad they're doing this. I hope many of us will get involved with this somehow.

Posted by: Erika Baker on Friday, 21 March 2014 at 12:25pm GMT

The interesting point will be the one at which a leading anti-slavery charity will refuse to work with them because of the anti-gay stance. It is noteworthy that the British Parliament will shortly pass a Modern Slavery Bill having in the same Parliament enacted Equal Marriage. Erika and CA are both absolutely right, of course.

Posted by: Turbulent priest on Friday, 21 March 2014 at 1:24pm GMT

Is nothing worthy of comment unless it is brought up against the plumb line of injustice to homosexuals?

Posted by: Rob on Friday, 21 March 2014 at 9:29pm GMT

Did you not read my comment, Rob?

Posted by: Erika Baker on Friday, 21 March 2014 at 10:32pm GMT

Good on "Twiggy" Forrest

Posted by: John Sandeman on Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 3:27am GMT

Rob---because the acknowledgment of the need for justice on one matter makes even more egregious the deliberate failure on the other. Even a stopped clock is right some of the time.

Posted by: Turbulent priest on Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 3:41pm GMT

"Is nothing worthy of comment unless it is brought up against the plumb line of injustice to homosexuals?"

"Rob---because the acknowledgment of the need for justice on one matter makes even more egregious the deliberate failure on the other. Even a stopped clock is right some of the time."

I can't imagine that this issue is controversial, thus not a lot of writing on it.

However, Turbulent Priest has a point. If the church fails miserably on justice for anyone, it blots their credibility on justice for others. The realpolitik part is that if the public perceives that the church is hopelessly homophobic and misogynistic, and can't get justice right at home, and in the face of public opinion, then why listen to them all of a sudden?

MLK supported LGBT persons. He and his family saw that justice is justice, and that no one is truly free while another is oppressed. Same with Desmond Tutu. We admire them for their consistency. That consistency gave them moral street "cred" that CoE leadership lacks.

Posted by: Cynthia on Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 9:38pm GMT

@Rob

Injustice to one is injustice against all. You can't fight the injustice of human trafficking, while ignoring the "injustice to homosexuals" (both evils arising from patriarchy and misogyny, I might add).

Yes, there is a plumbline: it's always Jesus's "least of these". Whatever the oppressed group in the world---just add "and gay" to it, and there they are.

Posted by: JCF on Sunday, 23 March 2014 at 5:13am GMT
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