Religion Debate at the Oxford Union

  • Event Start: 9th February 2017, 8:30pm
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* To ballot for a place at the debate dinner and receptions with the speakers, click here: The ballot will close at 23:59 on Monday 6 February 2017. * "This House Believes Liberalism has Become Elitist" Many religious communities still claim the freedom to act upon their beliefs, even where these conflict with secular policy objectives, legal equality or respect for oppressed groups’ civil rights. Should France exempt Muslims from face covering laws? Should Christian-run businesses have to fund contraception, or serve LGBTQ+ clients? Do religious beliefs deserve special privileges in society? SPEAKERS Proposition His Beatitude Fouad Twal: Outgoing Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. His Beatitude is particularly influential in the Catholic Church, having previously served as Archbishop of Tunis and in the Vatican Secretariat of State. Opposition Nia Griffith MP: Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. Griffith has spoken conspicuously about the problematic interplay of the political and religious spheres, both in Parliament and in other contexts. Imam Ajmal Masroor: Leading British imam and television personality, who stood in the 2010 General Election for the Liberal Democrats. Masroor is outspoken about the intersection of politics and Islam.