Prince Charles wants to build bridges with faiths
Britain’s Prince Charles wants to “build bridges” between different religions.
The 66-year-old prince is expected to be sworn in as Defender of the Faith when he becomes king, and he believes part of the Christian role is to be a “protector of faiths” in the multicultural Great Britain.
He said: “I think the secret is that we have to work harder to build bridges and we have to remember that our Lord taught us to love our neighbour, to do to others as you would do to you and just to go on despite the setbacks and despite the discouragement to try and build bridges and to show justice and kindness to people.”
Charles also admitted he is worried about the “alarming extent” of radicalisation of young people and thinks the volume of “crazy” information available on the internet is “frightening”.
He told BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Sunday Hour’: “Well, of course, this is one of the greatest worries, I think, and the extent to which this is happening is the alarming part.
“And particularly in a country like ours where you know the values we hold dear.
“You think that the people who have come here, [are] born here, go to school here, would imbibe those values and outlooks.
“The frightening part is that people can be so radicalised either through contact with somebody else or through the internet, and the extraordinary amount of crazy stuff which is on the internet.”
Charles’ own charity The Prince’s Trust have been working to combat radicalisation by finding “constructive” things for young people to do.
He said: “What I have been trying to do all these years with the Prince’s Trust is to find alternatives for adolescents and people at a young age, for constructive paths for them to channel their enthusiasm, their energy, that sense of wanting to take risks and adventure and aggression and all these things.
“But you have to channel them into constructive paths.”