British Incitement to Religious Hate Law sign now

A law is currently heading through the British Parliament to make incitement to religious hatred a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment of up to seven years.

The reasoning behind this legislation is that racists often use religion as an excuse to stir up hatred against ethnic groups.

While we unreservedly condemn racism in all its forms, it is our firm belief that any law which restricts freedom of speech about religion is misconceived.

There are many legitimate reasons for a person to speak out against religion, or against those who purport to represent religion. As we have learned from the bitter experiences of Northern Ireland in the past, and from 9/11 and the modern threat of Islamist terror, there is never a shortage of individuals and groups who are willing to exploit religion for violent ends.

Any law which erects barriers against the freedom to criticize religion in a general sense will almost certainly be a hindrance to those who wish to speak out against terrorism and extremism in all its forms. This must not be allowed to happen.

We urge the U.K. Government to reconsider this legislation, and to find other, more effective, ways to combat the scourge of racism that do not take from the British people a cherished freedom they have always enjoyed.

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  • 19 December 2015100. Wayne M
    I blame the Labour voters. If they connected brain and ballot sheet Labour would never have got in. If they were not elected they could not do the things the Labour voters are continuing to complain about.
  • 17 December 201599. Martin D
    The world would be a better place!! (Without Muslims)
  • 13 December 201598. Sincere Hartman
    Worst law ever
  • 01 December 201597. Bret J
    This is an outrageous law and any polotician with any common sense will see that this is will be the end of freedom of speech and favours one set of people
  • 22 November 201596. Ian J
    Dictatorship Britian, thanks to Bliar and labour
  • 22 November 201595. Nina N
    What about the truth?? What about a healthy public debate?? Surely this will incite more hatred to cover up injustice and the truth. I am all for stopping racial hatred and any kind of violence or the encouragement of such but please do not take away our
  • 21 November 201594. Fenton P
    Stopping interfering with people's liberties you Stalinist scum
  • 30 August 201593. C B
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 20 May 201590. Hugo M
    I support this petition
  • 08 May 201589. Randell Tm
    STOP THE MADNESS! Islam is NOT peaceful, read the Koran for yourself! www.bnp.org.uk
  • 24 April 201588. Diane Dw
    It isn't "racist" to honestly examine the tenets of Islam and Islamic writings. Don't sacrifice the hard fought for right of freedom of speech to pander to a dubious claim of "racism." Muslims can exercise the same freedom of speech to present counterargu
  • 23 April 201587. Nadia G
    We need to have the freedom of speach in UK and every where in the world, otherwise we will end up to be part of the 3rd world countries, no rights, no freedom and no dignity
  • 24 February 201586. Sarah C
    Democracy is what our forebears have fought and died for, why is that not being exercised by the current establishment?
  • 21 February 201585. Will T
    I support this petition
  • 15 February 201584. Dan J
    To hell with blasphemy law!
  • 26 January 201583. Stephen R
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 201482. Andrew W
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 201481. Mr Gw
    This Bill is entirely unneccessary and is a pretext for inhibiting free speech and expression of views. The fact that one could be criminalised for expressing an opion is outrageous. The Bill must be opposed on libertarian grounds apart from many others t
  • 21 November 201480. Sonya P
    It should be possible to criticise the killing of animals and small children for religious sacrifice without fear of prosecution.
  • 31 October 201479. A B
    Stop destroying our nation!
  • 25 October 201478. S Glh
    I support this petition
  • 22 October 201477. Christopher R
    I agree with this, if you cannot speak about difference of opinion... whats next? Political Hate Laws?
  • 13 October 201476. Nelly Tyler
    The problem is too many muslims have been allowed entry into this once great country. **Britain without them would once again be GREAT BRITAIN**The definition of a Muslim is Scum.
  • 13 June 201475. John G
    For the sake of freedom of speech, it is crucial that this legislation does not become law
  • 03 June 201474. M C
    I support this petition

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