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"The issue is not whether you have an argument or discussion or whether you are criticising someone's religion. It's whether you incite hatred on the basis of it," he said.
Originally posted by Leveller
"Inciting religious hatred is to be made a criminal offence under plans unveiled by Home Secretary David Blunket.
He said he was returning to the plans as there was a need to stop people being abused or targeted just because they held a particular religious faith.
Comedians such as Rowan Atkinson raised fears the law change could have outlawed jokes about religion.
The Blackadder star suggested Monty Python's Life of Brian would not have been made if the law had been in force."
So where is the line to be drawn. Can we still criticise religion in the UK? I can understand punishment if someone is saying Christians or Muslims should be harmed or killed for their beliefs but what is the definition of "inciting hatred"? I for one, don't care much for organised religions and I have written a few posts here that question some of it's motives. Am I therefore inciting hatred?
I also find this law to be a complete hypocrisy. Religion itself incites hatred. If you do not follow their doctrines you are sent to hell. Have they forgotten the millions killed in the past and today, who have been victims of their religions?
Maybe I should sue the Churches.