By Keith Porteous Wood
While religious leaders are as entitled as anyone else to express their views about the Assisted Dying Bill - about to be debated in Parliament - there is no doubt the media give the opinions of “faith leaders” disproportionate prominence.
This week a motley crew of them signed a letter opposing the Bill which featured in practically every major media outlet.
For some reason these religious leaders tend to be treated as possessing a moral acuity denied to the rest of us. As a result I fear many will have subconsciously imagined the letter carried an extra authority simply because it carried the imprimatur of some archbishop, imam or rabbi.
Despite acknowledging significant dissent from former Archbishop George Carey, the letter gave the impression it broadly echoed the views held by the faithful the signatories purport to lead. But does it?
In reality a poll by YouGov found that only 18% of the public who identified as belonging to a religion opposed “the legalisationRead More »from Assisted Dying Bill: Church has no right to deny their flock dignity in death