Submission from the Overseas Pakistanis
We are very concerned about the atmosphere of
hatred against Muslims after the events of 11 September 2001.
Muslims are feeling more vulnerable than ever before.
As equal citizens of this country we need laws
to protect Muslims and all faith communities. Discrimination on
the grounds of religion can only be prevented if Muslims are recognised
as a distinct group like other faith groups, eg Jews. Similarly,
the law of blasphemy should be applied to all religions and not
only to Christianity.
We support efforts of your select committee
to look into the problem of religious hatred and make recommendations
to bring about suitable changes in the law.
19 July 2002