Posted by: becketfund | January 9, 2008

England: Moves to Abolish Blasphemy Law

LONDON – The British government is currently in consultation with the Church of England before moving to abolish the country’s centuries-old blasphemy law, the BBC reported on January 9. The law, which is based on a series of decisions by 19th-century courts and is designed to protect only the Church of England, is presently viewed as out of place in a country that values free expression, although a conviction under the law occurred as recently as 1979. Calls for Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie to be prosecuted under the law failed, as the law does not recognize blasphemy against other religions.

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