Geoff Whelan

Wednesday, April 4 2018 at 7:30PM

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Geoff Whelan

What's the talk about?

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. However, some religious groups are becoming increasingly vocal and have sought to use this right to resist legal and social change they believe conflicts with their scriptural teachings. Litigation is inevitable. There are a huge number of areas where the courts have had to decide on religious claims, not on the big questions, such as does God exist, but on more down to earth matters such as the wearing of religious symbols at work or at school, corporal punishment, open air funeral pyres, the destruction of sacred cows (literally), civil partnerships, drug use and even, in one case, wedding cake.

In his talk, Geoff will talk about a number of notable cases where religious practices have come into conflict with the law.

Geoff Whelan is a barrister practicing at Kenworthys Chambers, Manchester. He specialises in criminal law and has prosecuted and defended a number of high profile cases. He’s the chair of the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society and one of the organisers of QED. He also writes a legal column for “The Skeptic”. He’s made a number of appearances on BBC TV and radio but has never been paid a penny.