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Beyond Belief: Defending Religious Freedom in Britain

Monday, 17 April 2017 - 12:30pm

In a recent report for the independent think-tank ResPublica, Dr James Orr argues that in a climate of increasing fear and distrust of religion, more needs to be done to protect the freedoms of people of faith.  The report, Beyond Belief: Defending Religious through the British Bill of Rights, welcomes the Government's stated ambition to press ahead with a British Bill of Rights and suggests that the policy opens up a rare opportunity to set rights of thought, freedom, and conscience on a firmer constitutional footing.  

The report was launched in the House of Commons and featured a panel of discussants engaging with its proposals, including Fiona Bruce MP and Lord Mackay of Clashfern, the former Lord Chancellor.  The report's conclusions were discussed in a number of national newspapers and media outlets, including The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Belfast TelegraphThe Catholic Herald, CBN News, Christian Today, as well as in popular religion blogs such as Theos and Archbishop Cranmer.  An article accompanying the publication of the report was published on ConservativeHome and can be read here.  Dr Orr was interviewed about the report by BBC Radio Scotland and Premier Christian Radio.