Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP is the former Attorney General for England and Wales, Advocate General for Northern Ireland and current Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield.
"Religion is one of society’s buttresses. Overwhelmingly it is a force for good. It brings purpose and hope to many; it encourages companionship and brotherhood; it encourages intellectual pursuits and it has been a stimulant to artistic expressions that have enriched cultures throughout the world.
But there are dangers. History has taught us that religion can be captured and used to create fear and resentment. Wars have been conducted in its name, martyrs are known to all creeds, and many innocent people have died caught in the cross fire of fanaticism and intolerance.
Organisations such as 3FF work hard to combat this evil so as to create the conditions where people of different faiths and beliefs can explore their common humanity and reach a greater level of understanding and acceptance of different views. Society is freer and more tolerant where people of different religions can spontaneously meet, learn from each other and enjoy their shared spirituality.
I am proud to be counted as one of 3FF’s champions because I believe societies are stronger and richer where religious diversity is seen to be a force for good and not suspicion."