Despite protests and controversy, Home Office secretary Charles Clarke led a majority vote on the Religious Hatred Bill last night, promising to ‘carefully consider any suggestions for how the wording of the bill might be improved, particulary in reassuring people about freedom of speech’. This will fail to quell the concerns of those in opposition however.
Critics of the bill are concerned that people will use the law to stifle criticism of religion. Shadow home secretary David Davis commented ‘What we are debating is not whether discrimination is right or wrong, but how we balance freedom of expression with the rights of minorities.’
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