No more muslim jokes

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Yet another new offence came into being yesterday – inciting religious hatred.

The hand-wringing apologists that brought about the incitement to racial hatred laws, where you don’t have to actually incite racial hatred to commit an offence but just need to say something that someone who isn’t white and English might take offence at, have been campaigning to get the law changed so that religion is also “protected”.

Like the racial hatred bit of the law, the prosecution must show intent to stir up hatred but in reality they will just have to prove that you offended someone.

This is another one of the Orwellian though crimes which are infesting our statute books.  How long before Room 101 becomes a reality?

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