Prejudiced, Protected, Precious

Prejudiced… The Casey Report is published today. Baroness Casey, has spent a year examining the culture and practices of the Metropolitan Police following the abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by PC Wayne Couzens.

The report accuses the force of being institutionally racist, misogynist and homophobic, stating: ‘The Met has not protected its female employees or members of the public from police perpetrators of domestic abuse, nor those who abuse their position for sexual purposes.’

This morning the Met Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, said: ‘We have racists, misogynists and homophobes in the organisation. And it’s not just about individuals. We have systemic failings, management failings and cultural failings.’

Protected… Our local Red Oak Primary School posted yesterday: ‘Following an external audit, we are absolutely delighted to share that we have been awarded the Platinum Award, School of Excellence for Safeguarding. Our pupils, staff, governors were involved in the process. Thank you to the parents that spoke to the auditor at the school gate too!

Children overwhelmingly shared how safe and cared for they feel. The children talked about the work we cover in curriculum, socially and during assemblies. They reported that any worries or concerns are dealt with quickly and fairly. The children also talked about how important it is in our school that everyone is included, referring to multi-ethnic groups, children with difficulties and disability…’

Precious… Yesterday I read Bishop Desmond Tutu: ‘God does not share our hatred no matter what offense we have endured. We try to claim God for ourselves and our cause, but God’s love is too great to be confined to any one side of a conflict or to any one religion. And our prejudices, regardless of whether they are based on religion, race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else, are absolutely ridiculous in God’s eyes…

…God tells us that every child is precious, every person is fully human and without qualification a child of God.’

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