BHA: 'Blasphemy!' - blasphemy, religious hatred, and human rights: who speaks for the sacred?
Saturday, 28 January 2012
'Blasphemy!' - blasphemy, religious hatred, and human rights: who speaks for the sacred? – a day conference focusing on the criminalization of religious hatred, defamation, and insult under European human rights, and how this functions as a de facto blasphemy law.
Date: Saturday 28th January 2012
Time: Registration 10.30am for a 11.00am start - Finish -16.30 pm
Address: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL
Nearest tube: Holborn
Phone number for publication – 020 7079 3586
Tickets and information - http://www.humanism.org.uk/meet-up/events/view/169?page=1
Prices - General: £10 general public, Members and students: £8 BHA, AHS and SPES members and students with valid ID, Free to members of the Centre for Inquiry UK.
***Special offer*** Joint tickets to this event and the Beyond the Veil event on the 14th January: £16 general public and £12 members and student ticket offer
Description/ details of the event– Introduced by Dr Stephen Law of Heythrop College, University of London and Editor of Think, and featuring writer, lecturer and broadcaster Kenan Malik , Andrew Copson on Blasphemy laws by the back door, Austin Dacey, representative to the United Nations for the International Humanist and Ethical Union; Jacob Mchangama, director of legal affairs in the independent think tank Center for Political Studies (CEPOS) based in Copenhagen, and others.
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The government is prepared to repeal the ancient laws on blasphemy but not without consulting the Church of England, it said last night.
In light of the protests across the Muslim world against videos and cartoons mocking the prophet Mohammed and calls for tighter rules against offensive material, is free speech under threat?
Protestors have gathered outside St Mary's College to demonstrate against the Pope's visit, saying his speech yesterday "encouraged hatred".
The Foreign Office is very vocal about freedom of religion, so why won't it raise its voice against the persecution of non-believers?
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An advertising campaign by atheists has been launched after exceeding its donations target by 2,400 per cent.
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The Lords have voted down three amendments to the equality bill, which campaigners said would prevent churches from denying jobs to gay people.