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‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ Campaign

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CAMPAIGN TYPE: Debate, Dialogue

TESTIMONIAL: “This campaign is very important in the current climate where free speech is regularly applied to offend, mock and degrade people who you disagree with.” – Dilly Hussain, Journalist

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• INTRODUCTION TO CAMPAIGN
• FURTHER INFORMATION
• EVENT: THE BIG QUESTION: HOW FREE IS SPEECH?
• OTHER CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES

INTRODUCTION TO CAMPAIGN

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and debate with them in a way that is best.”

[The Qur’an, Chapter 16, Verse 125]

‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ is a campaign led by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) aimed at creating a platform for people of all faiths and none to engage in positive and compassionate dialogue, without resorting to insults as a starting point of communication.

In order to achieve social progression, tolerance and community cohesion, it is pivotal that different groups, both Muslim and Non Muslim within our society are able to discuss their differences without abusing or transgressing the boundaries of free speech, which will inevitably lead to animosity.

iERA intends to take the “Don’t Hate, Debate!” campaign national and aims to partner with other Muslim organisations to present a positive and holistic message of Islam.

FURTHER INFORMATION

• Press Release: Don’t Hate, Debate! (January 2015)
• Press Release: Hundreds Attend Peaceful Cross Panel Discussion on Free Speech (February 2015)

EVENT: THE BIG QUESTION: HOW FREE IS SPEECH?

How Free Is Speech AudienceOn Friday 13th February 2015, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) held their inaugural ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ event entitled ‘The Big Question: How Free is Speech?’

Read full press release here: Hundreds Attend Peaceful Cross Panel Discussion on Free Speech

OTHER CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES

Additionally as part of this campaign, we will be encouraging and arranging events and activities that will help promote peaceful dialogue and discussion between all groups of people. It is hoped that this will create cohesion and the universal values of tolerance.

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