Select Committee on Religious Offences in England and Wales Written Evidence

Submission from the Eynsford Christian Fellowship (Baptist)

  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 be defined?

  In short, our answers to these questions are:

  NO! We will not have the blessed name of our God and Redeemer 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.

30 June 2002

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