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UK Plans Government Registration of Faith Leaders

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(Worthy News) - Imams, priests, rabbis and other religious figures will have to enroll in a "national register of faith leaders" and be subject to government-specified training and security checks in the Home Office’s latest action on extremism, the UK Telegraph reported.

The highly controversial proposal appears in a leaked draft of the Government’s new counter-extremism strategy, seen by The Telegraph, which goes substantially further than previous versions of the document.

The strategy, due to be published this autumn, says that Whitehall will “require all faiths to maintain a national register of faith leaders” and the Government will “set out the minimum level of training and checks” faith leaders must have to join the new register.

Registration will be compulsory for all faith leaders who wish to work with the public sector, including universities, the document says. In practice, most faith leaders have some dealings with the public sector and the requirement will cover the great majority. [ Source ]

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