The Electric Commentary

Friday, June 10, 2005

England to destroy free speech. Oh wait, can I say that?

Andrew Sullivan links to the following in The Guardian:

Home Office minister Paul Goggins said the legislation, published today, would protect people against being victimised for "any religious belief or lack of belief".

The law is intended to extend to religious groups protections that exist under the ban on incitement to racial hatred. Sikhs and Jews, for example, are already protected by law, as they are considered ethnic groups; other faiths are not.

At least Mr. Bean knows what he's doing:

The Conservatives oppose the bill - as does the star Rowan Atkinson, who has warned that it would leave comedians open to prosecution for satirising religious beliefs.

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