Category: Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

A rotten bill

Freedom of speech, as Franklin D Roosevelt observed, is the first of the four essential human freedoms. It is perhaps more fragile than his desire for freedom from want, fear and for religious expression. In times of war on terror, the risk is that free speech will be the first casualty. The tension between free speech and the safety of the population is a genuine one. Charles Clarke, the home secretary, has just modified part of the Terrorism Bill which dealt with “glorifying” terrorism. Imams and others will now be prosecuted only if their remarks are seen as as inducements

Bigot on a bridge wins poll for funniest religious joke

There was the one about Jesus asking to be put up for the night, and puns about paedophile priests, but a tale of two men on a bridge that mocks sectarianism has been found the funniest religious joke by readers of a Christian website. Demonstrating a fondness for black humour about their faith or lack of it, Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, atheists and agnostics sent 951 religious jokes to the website Ship of Fools ( Readers had the chance to vote for the funniest, and the most offensive, and more than 10,000 did so. The latter category featured the most

Why are religious jokes so funny?

A Christian web magazine is launching a competition to find the most offensive religious joke. Although some people are shocked when faith is the butt of humour, why are so many others amused? Ship of Fools, an online magazine which describes itself as the “Private Eye of the Christian world”, is looking for the funniest, and most offensive, Christian jokes. In the face of legislation it fears will limit what people can joke about in a religious context – a claim strongly rejected by ministers – it wants to provoke a debate about what is humorous and what is offensive.

Now you face jail for being nasty to Satanists

Extremist religious groups that advocate child abuse will be given protection under a Bill published by the Government yesterday. The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill would outlaw remarks considered likely to stir up hatred against all religious groups, including those whose followers believe in beating children to drive out demons. Religious freedom, tolerance, and intolerance Religious FreedomThe freedom of individuals to believe in, practice, and promote the religion of choice without (government) interference, harrassment, or other repercussions – as long as practices based on, or resulting from, those beliefs do not break the law (e.g. do not encourage or result

Q&A: Religious hatred law

Government proposals for a law on religious hatred are complicated – and will face a tough time in Parliament. What is the government proposing? The government says it wants to extend protection to people so they cannot be harmed because of their religious beliefs. The proposals include some subtle and complex arguments but boil down to whether society should protect people from hatred because of what they believe. Religious Hatred New religious hate laws unveiled Why are religious jokes so funny? Research resources on religious freedom, tolerance, and intolerance The proposal would essentially extend the concept of the UK’s race