Check out this panel discussion from the 2014 QEDcon in Manchester.
Vocal religious groups in the UK have claimed that equality laws are infringing the right to practice their faith. Yet in other countries dominant religions are undoubtedly persecuting the minority. Blasphemy laws are used to marginalise, criminalise and close down debate. In places like the US, hate speech can go unpunished. Where should the balance lie? How far can you practice your religion before it damages the rights of others? Is secularism a threat to religious belief or is it the only answer for a multicultural society? Featuring Nate Phelps, Jonny Scaramanga, Eran Segev and Geoff Whelan.QEDcon is happening again in Manchester this year, 24-26 April 2015. The speakers list is still growing. For me, highlights among those already scheduled are Matt Dillahunty from the Atheist Experience, The Sky at Night‘s Lucie Green, Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society, and Mitch Benn, best known for his work on Radio 4’s The Now Show. Get tickets for £99 (£69 for students) here.