Submission from Cleethorpes Christian
We as a church would like to put the following
submission in with regards to the proposed abolition of the Common
Law of Blasphemy.
We understand that The Committee will be considering
two main issues:
1. Should existing religious offences (notably
blasphemy) be amended or abolished?
2. Should a new offence of incitement to
religious hatred be created and, if so, how should the offence
In short, our answers to these questions are:
No! We will not have the blessed
name of our God and Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, publicly
blasphemed with impunity,
No! We are not prepared to have our
church services disrupted by militant anti-Christian agitators,
No! We do not want violent demonstrations
on church property, and
No! We do not believe the half-baked
provisions about "religious hatred" thrown out of the
Terrorism Bill by Parliament and warmed up by Lord Avebury are
a proper substitute.
24 June 2002