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Westminster Faith Debate: What Limits to Religious Freedom?

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Published on Apr 20, 2012

'No official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.' Justice Jackson's famous ruling still resonates in the USA. But recent bans on veils and minarets, and rulings against individuals who refuse to perform civil marriages or let rooms to gay couples, suggest that Europe is moving in a different direction. Is religious freedom an absolute, or must there be limits -- and if so, how do we draw the line?

This debat features Peter Jones, Maleiha Malik, Michael Nazir-Ali, Lisa Appignanesi and Julia Neuberger. It was chaired by The Rt Hon Charles Clarke and Lancaster's Professor Linda Woodhead.

Listen to podcasts of the presentations, responses and discussion from this first debate and view texts of the academic presentations here: http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk/...

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