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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