Britain's Back-Door Blasphemy Law
During a parliamentary debate on May 16, UK Communities Secretary James Brokenshire (pictured) rejected the All-Party Parliamentary Group's official definition of Islamophobia - described as a "backdoor blasphemy law" - on the grounds that it is too vague and has "potential consequences for freedom of speech." He said that the definition is not in conformity with the Equality Act 2010.
"No religion should be given
special protection against criticism. Like anti-Sikh, anti-Christian, or
anti-Hindu hatred, we believe the term anti-Muslim hatred is more appropriate
and less likely to infringe on free speech. A proliferation of 'phobias' is not
desirable, as already stated by Sikh and Christian organizations who recognize
the importance of free discussion about their beliefs."