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Freedom of speech more important than self-censorship

Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, Leader of the Muslim Parliament, has criticised moves by government to introduce a new law outlawing incitement to religious hatred.

In a statement issued today he said, "If this bill become law we risk extending the blasphemy law by round about methods".

"This law will not protect Muslims. In Australia, Muslims campaigned for similar legislation before becoming its main opponents once it had become law and it was apparent that it was simply a dangerous double-edged sword with evangelical Christians queuing up to litigate Muslims. UK Muslim groups appear not to have learnt this lesson.

"The Muslim concern for protection, equality, and social inclusion is real and genuine. However, this piece of legislation is driven by political motives to stem the haemorrhaging of Labour support amongst the Muslim
community. The Home Office has already indicated that the burden of proof would be set so high that few prosecutions are expected. This law will be cosmetic and fail to prevent abuses hurled at Muslims.

"The way forward is not to proceed with government's proposal but to call for the support of the Liberal Democrat amendment changing the law on incitement to racial hatred to include reference to religion as a pretext
for stirring up racial hatred against a racial group.

"Muslims must build alliances with civil society to promote a fairer and more tolerant society in which everyone's views are respected rather than be seen to be undermining freedom of speech".

Dr Siddiqui added:

"The time has come to consider the abolition of the blasphemy law that only protects the Established Church rather than Christianity. This will send a clear message that freedom of speech, thought and creativity are far more conducive to creating a progressive and tolerant society than imposed self-censorship".

 

 

 

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