Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs, Churches Together in England is calling for:
1: The urgent restoration of law and order on our streets. Rioting, arson and looting are unacceptable behaviours in a civilised society.
2: Everyone to be held responsible for their actions. Brazen lawlessness that endangers life, limb and property threatens us all, and perpetrators must face the consequences of their actions. For their own sake and that of the next generation, parents and guardians must teach our youth sound morals and ethics, the difference between right and wrong, and encourage them to contribute to the good of society.
3: A review of the effects of cuts to youth and other essential services. Young people need support in the present and hope for the future. It is crucial that the infrastructural support in areas such as education, training, employment and policing be maintained.
4: The Police and IPCC to become more responsive over critical incidences. At critical moments urgency must be shown in provision of information responding to the concerns of families and the community. Unresolved police related deaths, disproportionate use of stop and search and DNA database can antagonise communities and undermine confidence.
5: The church to pray and work for the peace of our country. Churches play a key role in the spiritual life of the country and must establish, maintain and strengthen its links with communities in pursuit of every citizen experiencing justice and a sense of self-worth.
6: A return to faith-based national life. One based not on selfish consumerism but on faith in God and respect for humanity and God’s creation. All people of faith need to reflect on how we can better engage with our young people, building partnerships for the common good.
Dr Joe Aldred of the Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs, Churches Together in England, says: “We believe that the destructive civil unrest we have witnessed over past days is a reflection of the kind of society we have allowed to develop. In recent years we have buried too many who have died young, comforted too many bereaved families, supported too many with unanswered questions about the fate of their loved ones, and seen too many young people existing with little or no hope for a prosperous future. We must act decisively now to secure a good future for our children and grandchildren”.