Thinking back a year or so, to the Convention on Modern Liberty, I am struck by the fact that the one thing that stands out in my memory was author Phillip Pullman's address, in which he laid out a vision of public policy as it could be if it focused on promoting our virtues, rather than protecting us from our vices
It is possible to create an alternative discourse on Muslim approaches to free speech, by re-reading aspects of Islamic teachings, says Dilwar Hussain, responding to issues raised by the Convention on Modern Liberty.
Jews need reassurance right now that the agenda represented by the renewed civil liberties movement in Britain is for them, writes Keith Kahn-Harris. They represent a powerful resource for change, but fear is holding them back.
Faith communities don't need special privileges, says Vaughan Jones. They need to be free to be the communities they are and to ensure that all members are treated as full human beings with full rights.
Genuine faith – in God, in the good, in people and in the future of our planet – grows through freedom, depends upon freedom to keep it honest, and can contribute to the shared openness and strived-for equality that is an essential part of our free flourishing, argues Simon Barrow.