Here is a link to an interesting article written a few weeks ago. I was able to attend the seminar where Professor Saeed was speaking. There were definitely lots of interesting ideas being shared on the place of religious freedom both for Muslim minorities in the West and for minorities in Muslim majority countries. One of those ideas concerned issues of interpretation and application within a given context.
Saeed said Muslims should acknowledge that the restrictions in the past were meant for their unique contexts and do not hold for modern life. Even when there is a text that seems to justify restrictions, he went on to say, it can be argued that it was meant for a particular time and a particular context that no longer exists.