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Economist Debate: 'Offending the feelings of religious believers should not be a crime'

This event is complimentary, however seats are limited so please register (see below).

Does religious belief deserve legal protection, and if so what kind? Are racial sensitivities more deserving of legal protection than those based on religion, or does a modern pluralist society need to defend both equally? Will legal restrictions silence hate-merchants, or turn them into martyrs?


Edward Lucas, The Economist | talks
Lisa Appignanesi, English PEN | talks
Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Muslim Council of Britain | talks
Rabbi Jacqueline Tabick, World Congress of Faiths | talks
Colin Hart, The Christian Institute | talks


Date and Time:

3 November 2005 at 6:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



8 John Adam Street
+44 20 7451 6868
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The Economist
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