Friday, April 01, 2005

UK: Religious Hate-Speech Proposal Appears Doomed

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.


At April 01, 2005 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PM Blair looks increasingly desperate in his efforts to gather any vote he can, no matter how disagreeable the nethod. I find this rather ridiculous as almost every poll indicates that Labour will win. The only thing that may explain his desperation is that he believes that Labour majority will be significantly reduced. If this occurs, then there maybe a leadership challenge. I dont think PM Blair wishes to give up his post quite yet, and on terms not of his choosing.


Thanks for increasing the life of a thread. I hope it is not contentious to regulars.


At April 01, 2005 11:33 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

"Thanks for increasing the life of a thread. I hope it is not contentious to regulars."

I think I will stick to making two or three new posts a day, or one if I write a long one. This will make it look updated, but still possible to follow and generate debates. The majority of the posts will be about Islam, but some will be about general Scandinavian affairs or just about anything funny or interesting I have read that day. It's too boring if you stick to one topic all the time.

At April 02, 2005 4:11 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

The myth of Islamophobia and the quest for votes -- another great combination to further dhimmitude!

At April 03, 2005 1:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I agree that concentrating on just a couple of issues will make the weblog appear as a single issue site.

There are so many social, scientific and technological issues that need to be debated from a European slant. Here I mean a different social and geographic perspective, and not racist in any way.


At April 03, 2005 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great that this law seems to have been dropped. Many of us in the UK have been campaigning against it. We should not be complacent though. One of the reasons that the legislation has been dropped is that the government will run out of time before the election. This stupid proposal might reappear again after the election.


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