Blasphemy should no longer be a criminal offence.

Why is this idea important?

Although rarely prosecuted, the fact that we still have such an offence puts us on the wrong foot when attempting to confront fundamantalism and religious extremism. How can we protest against Christians being accused of blasphemy in Islamic countries when we keep hold of our own blasphemy law.

It also suggests that Christianity has some special truth not present in other religions. It is my belief that states should be secular entities and leave their citizens to make their own religious choices.

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