Report of the Georgetown Symposium on Religious Freedom and Equality: Emerging Conflicts in North America and Europe
October 18, 2012
On April 11 and 12, 2012, the Religious Freedom Project held a probing international conference
on an intensely controversial, but manifestly important subject—the rising tensions
in Europe and the United States between traditional understandings of religious freedom and
emerging claims of equality, especially those made by homosexuals.
Held on the grounds of one of Oxford University’s most ancient and beautiful institutions—Magdalen College—the conference was entitled “Religious Freedom and Equality: Emerging
Conflicts in Europe and North America.” This report records Bishop Philip Tartaglia’s
keynote address and discussion, followed by panels and conversations about the United Kingdom
and Ireland, Continental Europe, and North America. The report is an edited transcript of scholars’ presentations, as well as their highly enlightening
engagement with the invitation-only audience, and concludes with discussion
from the final wrap-up session.