On Friday 12th June 2015, iERA held its second ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ event on the compatibility of Islam and British values.’
After the successful launch of the ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ campaign, and the huge support for its inaugural ‘How Free is Speech?’ event in February, there was a big demand from the general public to see a second cross panel debate to discuss another contentious topic relating to the Muslim community.
The ‘Does Islam Clash with British Values?’ event took place at the Hallmark Hotel in Croydon. After three venue changes at very short notice, more than a hundred people attended. Unfortunately, due to differing reasons, three of the panellists were not able to participate. For a detailed account of what took place during the build up of the event, why venues were changed and speakers pulled out, please read the following article on 5Pillars News.
Nevertheless, the unforeseen complications did not stop people of all faiths and none, and members of the press attending the event to see a robust discussion with iERA’s Head of Education and Research Hamza Tzortzis, Reverend Frank Gelli and Abdullah al Andalusi from the Muslim Debate Initiative .