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Securing Religious Liberty:A Comparative Look at Europe and the U.S.

Recorded on June 23, 2004

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

European states pride themselves on their secular approach to democratic government. But how does European-style secularism affect religious liberty, the "first freedom" of healthy democracies? Paul Diamond, a London barrister specializing in religious liberty, will discuss the legal status of religion in the United Kingdom and Europe. Mr. Diamond will critique secularism as an ideology that seeks to drive rival belief systems from the public square. Kevin Hasson of the Becket Fund will respond with observations about threats to religious freedom in the United States, including the potential for legal recognition of same-sex marriage.