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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2006

    Protests against religious hatred bill

    The Guardian today reports on opposition to Blair & Co's religious hatred bill:

    They back a series of amendments tabled to the bill during its passage through the Lords, which would tighten the definition of "incitement to religious hatred" to mean only specifically threatening words, and that the offence must be intentional. The government is seeking to restore the bill to its original draft. Atkinson, famous for his roles as Blackadder and Mr Bean, said: "In my opinion, freedom of expression is about being allowed to cause trouble, or create discomfort, or offence, as long as your words or behaviour are not threatening." "From a comedian's point of view, you cannot make a joke about a belief or practice without characterising it in human form," he said. "What is so frustrating for the creative community is the intransigence of the government on this issue when the amendment proposed by the Lords is such a workable compromise."
    It seems to me that the ammendment does make sense. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts

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