There are plans underway to create laws banning
incitement to religious hatred - the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill. Which sounds all well and dandy…
However this bill infringes on free speech. I don’t feel any need to say hatrous words about any religous groups (and indeed, some of my friends are religious) but I should have the right to say it. Saying things and doing them are two different things anyway…
One flaw with the bill is that it explicitly allows reading from religious texts, which in some cases are some of the most violent, hate-mongering texts anyway..
kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the little girls among the women, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
It claims to protect the free speech of comedians, what would it say about Bill Hicks saying “I’m going capture gideons for a hobby”? Where is the line drawn? Who decides what is comedy?
If religous idealogies are to gain protection what about political beliefs? What about classes? Which way round you like your egg?