The Government recently indicated it is willing to amend the Criminal Justice Bill to abolish the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel. And the Archbishop of Canterbury is comfortable enough defending his religion not oppose such a move:
Dr Rowan Williams… said the current blasphemy law was “unworkable” and he had no objection to its repeal.Or is he? Dr Williams?
The legal provision should keep before our eyes the general risks of debasing public controversy by thoughtless and, even if unintentionally, cruel styles of speaking and acting.Obviously cruel acts should be outlawed but ‘cruel styles of speaking’? What does that even mean? FM breakfast radio?
Why are so many religious people so insecure that they need the law to protect them from arguments against their belief systems?
You never hear atheists lobbying for laws to prevent criticism of, or cruelty towards, non-belief. Perhaps we have enough confidence in our position. It is the most logical after all.
(Via Butterflies and Wheels.)