Watch Live: The Future of Freedom of Religion


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Barry W. Bussey will be presenting a public lecture at the Faculty of Law, Leiden University, Netherlands on Friday June 28, 2019 starting at 1:00 pm EST. It can be watched live over the internet. There are limited spaces for live streaming. Instructions are given below on how you may obtain the link on a first come first serve basis.

On the 27th of June, Barry Bussey will defend his dissertation on the future of the legal accommodation of freedom of religion. According to Bussey, there has been an ongoing revolution against this accommodation for quite some time now. He blames this on the inability of the law to push back against the critics of religion that battle for gender equality, a phenomenon that jeopardizes public religious organizations.

To celebrate his promotion, Bussey will hold a reading on the 28th of June on the historical and philosophical roots of freedom of religion and the legal status of this freedom, both in present-day society and in the future.

Professor Iain Benson will be present at the symposium as a co-speaker. Benson is Philosopher of Law and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney, Australia. His philosophical work covers a variety of subjects. Amongs other things, such as ‘secular’, ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’, and the confusion this misuse causes in both the legal work field as well as in our everyday lives. The argument for a society that allows religious and non-religious individuals and organizations to exist on an equal footing, in a way that leaves room for both to agree to disagree.

Boris van der Ham will also be present as a co-speaker. Van der Ham has been a member of the Dutch parliament for over a decade. In this position, he was the initiator and writer of the law which led to the fall of blasphemy law in the Netherlands. At present, he is the chairman of numerous associations, among others the Humanistisch Verbond (the Dutch Humanist Association). This association aims to promote freedom of expression, equal treatment of all members of society and the right of self-determination of all individuals. Since 2018 he is also a board member of Humanists International , the international humanitarian umbrella organization. In 2018, Van der Ham wrote the book “New Freethinkers,” a book on the position of ex-Muslims.

How to watch it live: 
Step one: send an email to:,With subject: live stream tffr

 Step two: an email with the link to the lecture will be sent to you – click on the link on Friday June 28, 2019 at 1pm EST (2:30pm Newfoundland)

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