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Author Topic: Scotland enters the 20th Century - scraps blasphemy laws


Alcuin
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Scotland enters the 20th Century - scraps blasphemy laws
on: April 29, 2020, 18:04

“We are delighted that the Scottish Government is taking this important step. It is clear that the Cabinet Secretary has listened to the evidence and pleas from humanist campaigners and many others that blasphemy laws are incompatible with human rights. Even though Scotland’s law has not been used for some time the message this repeal sends to other leaders around the world is clear and unambiguous – blasphemy laws are wrong and have no place in the twenty-first century. Scotland now joins a growing list of countries who have taken this step to put pressure on other states around the world who continue to prosecute blasphemy charges"... Unquote. (HSS)

Scotland has finally reached where some of us were a lifetime ago.

Anything considered "sacred" may be satirised or criticised like any other strongly valued idea, concept or belief. Secular principles (which aren't based on superstition, revelation or denomination) are what is valuable to us all, whether we are religious or not.



Alcuin
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Re: Scotland enters the 20th Century - scraps blasphemy laws
on: May 15, 2020, 05:49

Like UKGov, it is easy to think that this ScotGov government can't get anything right...
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#label/2+Humanism%2C+Skeptics.../FMfcgxwHNMbchCZHtLVnfQMGkVCqbKsr



Alcuin
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Re: Scotland enters the 20th Century - scraps blasphemy laws
on: July 31, 2020, 14:32

.... This week the level of opposition to them has become starkly clear. Police representatives have launched a scathing attack. Legal experts, opposition politicians, advocates of press freedom and many others have sounded the alarm. The Scottish parliament's justice committee has said it received such a high volume of responses to a consultation that it won't be able to publish them "for some time".

Amid this deluge of criticism we're urging the Scottish government to rethink. The provisions on 'stirring up hatred' must be significantly amended or scrapped altogether....

https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2020/07/widespread-concern-over-hate-crime-bill-must-prompt-rethink-says-nss

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