ESS member Norman Bonney, is off to Luxembourg as an invited contributor to an international summit on religion and secularism

He will join a conference of religious representatives and leading scholars from across Europe and North America who will be debating the relationship between religion and government. The conference is organised by the Luxembourg International Institute for European and International Studies

Professor Bonney, an emeritus professor at Edinburgh Napier University and member of the Council of the National Secular Society, will be arguing that religious and political freedom is best guaranteed by a strict separation of religion from the state. People should be free to follow their own religious preferences but the state should not be involved in supporting or propagating any specific religious beliefs.

Commenting on the event Norman Bonney stated that one outcome of the event should be to assist the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to develop a consistent policy towards religious matters.

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