Submission from West Worthing Evangelical
I write to ask you not to recommend the amending
or abolishing of existing religious offences. I do not want to
have the name of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ publicly blasphemed
with impunity, and nor do my church members.
Nor would I want to make a new offence of incitement
to religious hatred be created as this could be used to stifle
the preaching of the Christian Gospel as being the only way of
salvation. Any new law would be a denial of free speech and an
infringement of public liberty.
This country has long had some Christian tradition
and been affected for good by the teachings of the Bible and it
would be both very sad and harmful to the Nation if this were
to become even more eroded away.
4 July 2002