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The Oxford Debates. Are British Christians being Persecuted?

Andrea Williams and Stephen Law Interviewed by Nick Higham

Friday, 23 March 2018

12:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

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Lawyer and Christian campaigner Andrea Williams and well-known atheist and humanist Dr Stephen Law discuss whether or not there is a rising tide of intolerance towards Christian believers in the UK.

Are religious beliefs increasingly being forced out of the public sphere and behind closed doors? Are the religious increasingly expected to hide their faith? Are some Christians right to feel other faiths have a greater permission from British society to express their allegiances through dress (burkas, turbans, skull caps) and to enjoy special allowances (time for prayer during the working day)?  Do Christian employees have a right to wear a visible crucifix, even if this is against the employer’s dress code? Is it right that religious folk should be forced to allow gay couples to stay in their B&B, or, as registrars, to perform gay marriage ceremonies, when that is against their religious belief?

Williams is a barrister who founded Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, which has run some of the most high-profile Christian freedom cases and campaigns in Europe. She is a leading campaigner and spokeswoman on issues of national importance in the moral life of the nation and a defender of Christian liberties in the parliamentary process, the justice system and the media.

Law is a philosopher and author. His books include the prize-winning introductions The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking. He is the author of A Very Short Introduction to Humanism.

Discussions are chaired by Nick Higham, a BBC correspondent and a former presenter of Meet the Author on the BBC news channel.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine