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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 BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer