Thursday, March 03, 2011

Blasphemy laws

I was interested to hear a bit of a debate on the radio this morning about our need or otherwise of a blasphemy law in the UK. It's been some time since we had one, I think the last one was repealed sometime in the early 70's.

I've often thought that such a law is actually an expression of weakness when it comes to religious faith. I don't think we need this kind of protection from those with whom we disagree. If we, as Christians, want the freedom to express ourselves freely, then we have to live with the freedom of expression of those who don't like what we believe. Whether they do so militantly or thoughtfully doesn't really make a difference.

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