Monday, 27 June 2011

Spectator Debate: "Secularism is a greater threat to Christianity than Islam"

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If you're looking to speak up for secularism, you may be interested in a debate the Spectator are hosting on Wednesday at the Royal Geographical Society in London, chaired by journalist Andrew Neil, entitled "Secularism is a greater threat to Christianity than Islam":
"Christianity may be under attack in Britain - but who are the aggressors? Britain’s Muslim population may be on the rise. But when women are banned from wearing a crucifix to work, or Christian teaching on sexuality is banned, is it the other faiths that are to blame? Or officials loyal to a civic religion? Our second debate asks if aggressive secularism has become the greatest enemy facing Britain’s Churches."
For the motion: Father Timothy Radcliffe OP; Professor Tariq Ramadan, Contemporary Islamic Studies, University of Oxford; Damian Thompson, Leader Writer, Daily Telegraph

Against the motion: Nick Cohen, Observer Columnist; Douglas Murray, Journalist, Author and Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society; Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director, Barnabas Fund

As you'll observe from the title and the blurb (which seems to take Christianity being under attack as a factual starting point), secularism is going to need as many friends in the audience as it can get, although you can surely expect Nick Cohen to mount a spirited defence from the stage. If you can make it, the debate starts a 6pm and tickets cost £30 (£20 if you're a Spectator subscriber). You can book via the Spectator website, or by contacting 0207 961 0044 or emailing debate8@spectator.co.uk, quoting "DEBATE 05"
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