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January 2021
News > Religious liberty > Society

Scottish hate crime bill is amended but still ‘dangerously flawed’

Scotland’s much-criticised hate crimes bill – which could have made parts of the Bible illegal – has been amended, but serious concerns remain. Christian and secular groups alike all feared the bill would attack free speech. Concessions have been made by the Scottish government, but free speech campaigners still want more to be done.…

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January 2021
Articles > Comment

Living in love and faith? What irony!

A Christian produced a video in which he voiced his opinions against transgenderism. For that, he was reported to – and was investigated by – North Yorkshire Police for a ‘hate crime’. I sincerely hope by the time you’re reading this, the police have dropped the troubling case. But we are hearing of these…

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October 2020
News > Religious liberty

I will ban the Bible using Hate Crimes Bill, says atheist

An atheist has written to a newspaper saying he welcomes Scotland’s proposed Hate Crimes Bill because he will be able to monitor all holy books and sermons and report any ‘hatred’ to the police. The letter, by Ian Stewart, Convener of Atheist Scotland, stated, ‘Atheists see some merit in Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf’s Hate…

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July 2020
News > Ethics

Scottish bill will ‘close down’ free speech

The Scottish Government has come under increasing pressure to modify its Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, with critics warning it can be weaponised to destroy free speech. The bill seeks to extend the current laws on ‘hate crimes’ against particular characteristics, including religion, race, sexual orientation, and transgender identity. Ciarán Kelly, deputy…

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June 2020
News > Ethics > Society

Crown prosectors remove ‘distressing’ hate-crime guidance after legal action

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has finally pulled its controversial LGBT hate-crime guidance for schools following legal action by a 14-year-old girl. The guidance, which had been published in January this year, warned schools they could be taken to court if they do not allow transgender pupils to use the toilets and changing rooms…

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April 2019
News > Society

Britain’s first ‘transgender hate crime’ trial collapses

Britain’s first transgender hate crime trial has been halted after one day, as the judge says ‘there is no case and never was a case’. Miranda Yardley, 51, was accused of harassing transgender activist Helen Islan on social media. But District Judge John Woollard dismissed the case after a one-day hearing, saying there was…

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