Dialogue, Debate and Free Speech
The fact that we all agree about the principle of freedom of expression does not mean we agree about anything else. In fact, the whole point is that we advocate an environment within which we can debate, disagree, annoy and even offend each other without anyone being threatened, hurt, killed or imprisoned.
Rend Shakir has a deep and courageous commitment to the principle of free expression. But she does not agree with every aspect of the way this campaign has progressed so far. Tomorrow, we shall post the first of a short series of debated points. As well as giving us the opportunity to address some issues of importance, we will be able to demonstrate by example as well as by words that this campaign is one within which everybody who is committed to freedom of expression, be they secular, Christian, Muslim, or anything else, is included and can debate in an atmosphere of peaceful, mutual respect.
Debate is a two way street. Unlike some organisations I am by now too bored to mention, we actually mean "debate" when we use the word.