Group that promotes multiculturalism in Southampton needs funding help

Council of Faiths has funds crisis

Council of Faiths has funds crisis

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A GROUP dedicated to promoting a variety of faith and cultures in Hampshire is facing a funding crisis.

This afternoon, hundreds of people from across Southampton will be attending an annual open meeting of the Southampton Council of Faiths at Medina Mosque in Compton Walk, celebrating the charity’s work over the past year.

But David Vane, secretary of the council said the charity, which helps to foster multiculturalism in the 47 different languages spoken in the city, is facing a funding crisis.

He said: “We need to raise some money at the moment. Our funding is about to run out any month. We have got a few things that we are looking at.”

Among the work the Council of Faiths provide is helping the emergency services draw up plans of how to deal with a crisis at a religious building such as a mosque or a temple.

David added: “All the services deal with death. Each faith has a different way of dealing with that. When they go on to a crime scene or a disaster scene they have an idea of what they can or can’t say or do or can’t do.

“We have held conferences where we have helped the nurses and doctors to understand the different faiths and their ways of treating people.

“We hold meetings every other month but I do think it makes a difference. Southampton is a much more tolerant place because of the work that we do.”

The council will also be discussing its forthcoming Peace Walk on June 22, where worshippers will have the chance to walk through the city finding out more about the different communities in Southampton.

David said: “We take people around all the different venues. Some people have never been inside a gurdwara or mosque so it’s a chance for them to see what it’s like.

“We are always welcome into the different places of worship.

“It’s a way of integrating the community. We had 200 people turn up last year.”

The open meeting of the Southampton Council of Faiths is being held at Medina Mosque at 2.30pm.

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11:18am Sun 18 May 14

Huey says...

Start praying NOW
Start praying NOW Huey
  • Score: 2

12:17pm Sun 18 May 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

On the one hand all these members of various God Brigades want gullible people to believe that their imaginary almighty man (how do they know if it really exist and it is not a woman?) in the sky had enough resources to create not only our world but whole of the universe, and at the same time they are saying that their "FUNDING is about to run out".

How could their such powerful and over resourced God or Gods could have gone broke that it or they can't even spare few scraps (in the shape of few hundred pounds cheque) from left overs from the universe project, for fanatically faithful followers in Southampton to enjoy?

Word 'funding' obviously reamins bit mysterious, because the news item hasn't explained who was providing the 'funding' which is about to run out?

If that 'funding' was from their own thingy in the sky then it is none of mine or other non believers business, so I hope the religiously brainwashed wonders collective prayers will be heard by their Gods, and hope their Gods will throw truck loads of gold coins over his followers heads.

But if tax payers money was generously handed out for wasting by various religious organisations by local Councils or the central government then it should be a matter of serious concern for all those whose services have been cut or wages reduced because of so called austerity measures.

People pay taxes to government and councils for them to provide us our services but not for subsidising various religious mumbo jumbos.

Politicians should not be allowed to use public money as slush funds or buying support from various forms of Godly Mafias.

As I am told that today's Council of Faiths meeting is going to be addressed by politically dodgy Denham, I have suspecions that because he was member of the government that decided to waste many millions on 'Prevent Strategy' this funding may have been supported by him and others of NuLabourite ilk.

I fail to understand the argument that the medical profession need religious advice about how to treat various medical problems. Fractured leg of atheists agnostic or religious people require the same treatment and can't be fixed by teaching medical professionals how to fix those with prayers.

If any religious place is on fire for firefighters the problem is no different than if it was the house of any non believer.

Those who want to play religious games should pay for from their own pockets, and politicians exploiting various religions for their dirty deeds should be made a serious criminal offence.
On the one hand all these members of various God Brigades want gullible people to believe that their imaginary almighty man (how do they know if it really exist and it is not a woman?) in the sky had enough resources to create not only our world but whole of the universe, and at the same time they are saying that their "FUNDING is about to run out". How could their such powerful and over resourced God or Gods could have gone broke that it or they can't even spare few scraps (in the shape of few hundred pounds cheque) from left overs from the universe project, for fanatically faithful followers in Southampton to enjoy? Word 'funding' obviously reamins bit mysterious, because the news item hasn't explained who was providing the 'funding' which is about to run out? If that 'funding' was from their own thingy in the sky then it is none of mine or other non believers business, so I hope the religiously brainwashed wonders collective prayers will be heard by their Gods, and hope their Gods will throw truck loads of gold coins over his followers heads. But if tax payers money was generously handed out for wasting by various religious organisations by local Councils or the central government then it should be a matter of serious concern for all those whose services have been cut or wages reduced because of so called austerity measures. People pay taxes to government and councils for them to provide us our services but not for subsidising various religious mumbo jumbos. Politicians should not be allowed to use public money as slush funds or buying support from various forms of Godly Mafias. As I am told that today's Council of Faiths meeting is going to be addressed by politically dodgy Denham, I have suspecions that because he was member of the government that decided to waste many millions on 'Prevent Strategy' this funding may have been supported by him and others of NuLabourite ilk. I fail to understand the argument that the medical profession need religious advice about how to treat various medical problems. Fractured leg of atheists agnostic or religious people require the same treatment and can't be fixed by teaching medical professionals how to fix those with prayers. If any religious place is on fire for firefighters the problem is no different than if it was the house of any non believer. Those who want to play religious games should pay for from their own pockets, and politicians exploiting various religions for their dirty deeds should be made a serious criminal offence. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 4

12:45pm Sun 18 May 14

george h says...

David Vane said: “We take people around all the different venues. Some people have never been inside a gurdwara or mosque so it’s a chance for them to see what it’s like."

I've never been inside a brothel David. Perhaps in the interests of fairness and even-handedness, you could arrange a guided tour around one.

As it is though David, this "funding crisis" and the meetings associated with this latest appeal with your begging bowl held out, is no more than the latest incarnation by Dodgy Denham and his Labour Party acolytes to BUY VOTES.

I'm certain that David Vane and the like have noticed that it's election season again, and a General Election looms next year. Vote buying with our tax money was always a popular sport among politicians. Dodgy Denham is well-practiced in that dark art.
David Vane said: “We take people around all the different venues. Some people have never been inside a gurdwara or mosque so it’s a chance for them to see what it’s like." I've never been inside a brothel David. Perhaps in the interests of fairness and even-handedness, you could arrange a guided tour around one. As it is though David, this "funding crisis" and the meetings associated with this latest appeal with your begging bowl held out, is no more than the latest incarnation by Dodgy Denham and his Labour Party acolytes to BUY VOTES. I'm certain that David Vane and the like have noticed that it's election season again, and a General Election looms next year. Vote buying with our tax money was always a popular sport among politicians. Dodgy Denham is well-practiced in that dark art. george h
  • Score: 3

1:47pm Sun 18 May 14

Turtlebay says...

These people need to recognise that they have decided to settle and live in England, and we do things in the English way here.

If they aren't happy about that they are welcome to move back to their own heathen countries and religions.

We have not forced them to live here!
These people need to recognise that they have decided to settle and live in England, and we do things in the English way here. If they aren't happy about that they are welcome to move back to their own heathen countries and religions. We have not forced them to live here! Turtlebay
  • Score: 1

2:14pm Sun 18 May 14

george h says...

Turtlebay wrote:
These people need to recognise that they have decided to settle and live in England, and we do things in the English way here.

If they aren't happy about that they are welcome to move back to their own heathen countries and religions.

We have not forced them to live here!
Doe's that include Yorkies like meself them Turtleback?

If Southampton were only populated with born-and-bred Sotonians, with all their habits, some good, some pretty vile, then Southampton would be a rather poor place to be. There'd be no Yorkshire Puddings; no fish-and-chips. All brought by migrants.

Migrants bring good as well as bad. Get used to it.

One thing is certain; full integration has been seen to include adoption by some, of Dodgy Denham's corrupt practice of buying votes, especially of Asians, by sucking up to a few wealthy Asian businessmen in the hope, nay expectation, that their endorsements of Denham and his acolytes will build a vote-bank for the Labour Party.

And as always, the naive woolly-liberals that make up the touchy-feely Christian community part of the Southampton Council of Faiths fall for it. Will they never, ever learn that they are being used by Denham's puppet-master, pulling their strings from out-of-sight.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: These people need to recognise that they have decided to settle and live in England, and we do things in the English way here. If they aren't happy about that they are welcome to move back to their own heathen countries and religions. We have not forced them to live here![/p][/quote]Doe's that include Yorkies like meself them Turtleback? If Southampton were only populated with born-and-bred Sotonians, with all their habits, some good, some pretty vile, then Southampton would be a rather poor place to be. There'd be no Yorkshire Puddings; no fish-and-chips. All brought by migrants. Migrants bring good as well as bad. Get used to it. One thing is certain; full integration has been seen to include adoption by some, of Dodgy Denham's corrupt practice of buying votes, especially of Asians, by sucking up to a few wealthy Asian businessmen in the hope, nay expectation, that their endorsements of Denham and his acolytes will build a vote-bank for the Labour Party. And as always, the naive woolly-liberals that make up the touchy-feely Christian community part of the Southampton Council of Faiths fall for it. Will they never, ever learn that they are being used by Denham's puppet-master, pulling their strings from out-of-sight. george h
  • Score: 5

3:21pm Sun 18 May 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

george h wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
These people need to recognise that they have decided to settle and live in England, and we do things in the English way here.

If they aren't happy about that they are welcome to move back to their own heathen countries and religions.

We have not forced them to live here!
Doe's that include Yorkies like meself them Turtleback?

If Southampton were only populated with born-and-bred Sotonians, with all their habits, some good, some pretty vile, then Southampton would be a rather poor place to be. There'd be no Yorkshire Puddings; no fish-and-chips. All brought by migrants.

Migrants bring good as well as bad. Get used to it.

One thing is certain; full integration has been seen to include adoption by some, of Dodgy Denham's corrupt practice of buying votes, especially of Asians, by sucking up to a few wealthy Asian businessmen in the hope, nay expectation, that their endorsements of Denham and his acolytes will build a vote-bank for the Labour Party.

And as always, the naive woolly-liberals that make up the touchy-feely Christian community part of the Southampton Council of Faiths fall for it. Will they never, ever learn that they are being used by Denham's puppet-master, pulling their strings from out-of-sight.
George H, your assessment of Dodgy Denham and his side kicks is spot on.

Buying loyalties of so called religious leaders to control their gullible followers was mastered in many parts of the now dead British empire, where it eventually failed.

Dodgy Denham and co have been trying the same methods in Southampton and others like them in various other parts of the country to secure immoral votes.

These people are not concerned about frictions divisions and resentment their evil 'Divide and Rule' policies create in the long term, because they are only interested in votes for themselves, which can be bought by using public money as slush fund under fancy name of grants or funding for closed minded religious fanatics, who in turn are also only interested in their own egos so don't care about what long term damage is done to society at large.

Expecting any high and solid principles from religious people will always be a mistake. Yes we should respect their right to believe in whatever superstitions they like, but they must pay for it from their own pockets. Considering some of them are fairly wealthy and often brag about it, they should be able to pay for their hobbies or addictions.
[quote][p][bold]george h[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: These people need to recognise that they have decided to settle and live in England, and we do things in the English way here. If they aren't happy about that they are welcome to move back to their own heathen countries and religions. We have not forced them to live here![/p][/quote]Doe's that include Yorkies like meself them Turtleback? If Southampton were only populated with born-and-bred Sotonians, with all their habits, some good, some pretty vile, then Southampton would be a rather poor place to be. There'd be no Yorkshire Puddings; no fish-and-chips. All brought by migrants. Migrants bring good as well as bad. Get used to it. One thing is certain; full integration has been seen to include adoption by some, of Dodgy Denham's corrupt practice of buying votes, especially of Asians, by sucking up to a few wealthy Asian businessmen in the hope, nay expectation, that their endorsements of Denham and his acolytes will build a vote-bank for the Labour Party. And as always, the naive woolly-liberals that make up the touchy-feely Christian community part of the Southampton Council of Faiths fall for it. Will they never, ever learn that they are being used by Denham's puppet-master, pulling their strings from out-of-sight.[/p][/quote]George H, your assessment of Dodgy Denham and his side kicks is spot on. Buying loyalties of so called religious leaders to control their gullible followers was mastered in many parts of the now dead British empire, where it eventually failed. Dodgy Denham and co have been trying the same methods in Southampton and others like them in various other parts of the country to secure immoral votes. These people are not concerned about frictions divisions and resentment their evil 'Divide and Rule' policies create in the long term, because they are only interested in votes for themselves, which can be bought by using public money as slush fund under fancy name of grants or funding for closed minded religious fanatics, who in turn are also only interested in their own egos so don't care about what long term damage is done to society at large. Expecting any high and solid principles from religious people will always be a mistake. Yes we should respect their right to believe in whatever superstitions they like, but they must pay for it from their own pockets. Considering some of them are fairly wealthy and often brag about it, they should be able to pay for their hobbies or addictions. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 2

5:20pm Sun 18 May 14

forest hump says...

"David added: “All the services deal with death. Each faith has a different way of dealing with that. When they go on to a crime scene or a disaster scene they have an idea of what they can or can’t say or do or can’t do."

How have we, in this country, got into a position of being dictated to in how our services respond to issues?? All the services should do whatever they see fit in any circumstances. If that is not acceptable then I suggest they move elsewhere. Who the hell is running this country?
"David added: “All the services deal with death. Each faith has a different way of dealing with that. When they go on to a crime scene or a disaster scene they have an idea of what they can or can’t say or do or can’t do." How have we, in this country, got into a position of being dictated to in how our services respond to issues?? All the services should do whatever they see fit in any circumstances. If that is not acceptable then I suggest they move elsewhere. Who the hell is running this country? forest hump
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Sun 18 May 14

Huey says...

There is enough time to worry about the afterlife when you die.
Until then keep your head down and enjoy life.
There is enough time to worry about the afterlife when you die. Until then keep your head down and enjoy life. Huey
  • Score: 0

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