Religious group in Preston hosts live international debate after France bombings

Three of the speakers (LR): Ustadha Khola Hasan, Dr Shaykh Umar al Qadri, Bishop Tony Robinson

A Muslim group in Preston is hosting a live international debate on free speech in response to recent attacks in France.


Light Foundation brings together seven leading academics for the event entitled Freedom of Expression, Vigilance and Protection of the Rights of Religious Minorities.

The event aims to explore the meaning of freedom of expression, its limits and how people can coexist peacefully.

The Light Foundation promotional material reads: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, expression and speech; this right includes the right to safety, security and protection.

“Should the gift of freedom of expression and expression come at the expense of mocking or defaming a religion and its followers?” “

The list of speakers includes Rabbi Jeremy Schneider of the United States, Dr Shaykh Umar al Qadri of Ireland and Father Patrick McInerney of Australia, as well as Imam Qari Asim MBE, Ustadha Khola Hasan, Dr Anne Moseley and Bishop Tony Robinson of the United Kingdom.

A spokesperson for Light Foundation said: “All of the speakers are involved in truly remarkable and inspiring work on a global scale, trying to break down difficult barriers through dialogue and debate, and bring communities together. “

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Light Foundation is a non-profit organization that describes itself as building bridges of peace, understanding, and tolerance among all communities, while providing a safe platform for anyone interested in learning more about Islam.

The event will be broadcast live on the Facebook page of the Lumière Foundation Thursday November 12 from 7:30 p.m.

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