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'Freedom of Belief?'

'Freedom of Belief?'

On the evening of Monday February 1st in the History Department, Mr Andy Dipper (pictured with Al Hakimi from Iraq), the COO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, spoke to a small but engaged audience from the International Relations Society, questioning what freedom of belief is, what threatens it, and whether it matters if it is lost. Mr Dipper’s talk extended out to the audience so that he could acknowledge the audience’s opinions and could suggest other possible theories and arguments.

Having lived for ten years in Afghanistan and having experienced, first hand, some extremely emotive experiences, he put into perspective some questions that arise when discussing religious freedom. In some countries, Mr Dipper told the audience, expressing religious beliefs can see you locked up in a shipping container in the basking heat of the day, and freezing temperatures of the night in certain countries of eastern Africa. He went on to explain that the more religious freedom there is in a country, the higher the country’s GDP tends to be.

This interactive talk left the whole audience walking away with a completely new perspective on the denial of religious liberties that are existing in modern days.

Report by Alexander Milne, H Social 6.1

 

 

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