The British government is expected to drop a contentious proposal to outlaw religious incitement, having failed to get the legislation through the House of Lords quickly enough to avoid running out of parliamentary time. Some Muslim groups have long been calling for the legislation, arguing that their community needed the protection in the face of anti-Islamic sentiment expressed since the 9/11 attacks. Opponents, ranging from evangelical Christians to comedians who sometimes target religious subjects, worry about the effects on freedom of speech. Some critics pointed to a situation in Australia, where similar legislation saw two Christian pastors found guilty of vilifying Islam. Barnabas Fund senses that victory may be near. With an eye on Muslim voters, Blair's party may even make doing so an election manifesto commitment. "We may well have to continue to fight this campaign in a few months time," said the charity, which supports Christians living in Islamic countries.