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Why do we need a new version of the abolished blasphemy laws?

Comment 22nd July 2010

The Blasphemy Law was abolished in 2008, but has re-emerged in a new and radically
augmented guise. Today, individuals are not charged with blasphemy, but with causing
'religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress' under the Public Order Act. The growth in accusations of 'hate crime' threatens freedom of speech because they destroy the possibility and practice of open, sociable and critical discussion of religion. One of the great triumphs of liberalism has been to separate the discovery of factual truth from the assertion of religious doctrine. We do not need these ridiculous and backward laws in an advanced society, it is a step back to the dark ages.

Why does this matter?

Because religious beliefs are no more than delusions and delusions are dealt with under the mental health act, why do we need such ridiculous irrational laws as these?

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