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The government's controversial Bill to outlaw incitement to religious hatred had its second hearing in the House of Lords recently. Mr. Dangoor had written earlier to Lord Janner that sometimes people use quotations from various scriptures to justify their offensive views showing hatred to certain religions or groups.
At this second reading, Lord Haskel, honorary president of Institute of Jewish Policy research drew attention to this very point, apparently as a result of being contacted by Lord Janner. He said, "There are fundamentalists who claim rights from the Old Testament, from the New Testament and from the Koran, all in the name of faith. Extremists from all faiths will see this Bill as an effort to protect them. A form of appeasement".
Thus, quotations from scriptures should not be an excuse for making statements which run foul of the proposed Bill.





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