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.
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.
interactive talk left the whole audience walking away with a completely new
perspective on the denial of religious liberties that are existing in modern
Report by Alexander Milne, H Social 6.1