Letter: Blasphemy law is discriminatory

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The Independent Online
Sir: You report (30 July) that Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, is considering outlawing discrimination on the grounds of religion, and also incitement to religious hatred.

This seems reasonable, provided reasonable free speech is not thereby restricted. The law of blasphemy, however, is also discriminatory - in favour of religion and should be abolished. The Law Commission suggested this over 10 years ago and the subject should now be addressed.


General Secretary

National Secular Society

London WC1