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MSPs urge SNP to go back to the drawing board over Hate Crime Bill

The Scottish Parliament In Edinburgh(Reuters)MSPs have warned that the SNP's proposed reforms to hate crime law will have a detrimental impact on Scotland's democratic values.  Thomas Kerr, Conservative councillor for Shettleston, said in the Glasgow Evening Times that the Hate Crime Bill presents a "serious risk to the democratic freedoms we all cherish". While he supports... Read more

MSPs reject bid to halt controversial hate crime Bill

ReutersMSPs have rejected an attempt to halt controversial reforms to hate crime legislation in Scotland.  The Bill, debated in Holyrood on Thursday, has been called into question by campaigners because of the proposed offence of "stirring up hatred".  The Scottish Conservatives put forward a motion during the debate, saying that "the right to freedom of expression... Read more

Scottish Justice Secretary open to compromise on contentious hate crime Bill

ReutersThe Scottish Justice Secretary has suggested he is open to compromise on a controversial hate crime Bill after widespread concern over its impact on free speech.  Holyrood's Justice Committee has received nearly 2,000 responses to its inquiry into the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, 145 of which were published on Friday.  While there is... Read more

Atheist activist says Scotland’s hate crime Bill can be used to prosecute faith groups ‘for spreading hatred’

(Photo: Unsplash/CarolynV)An atheist activist has said he is supporting a controversial hate crime Bill in Scotland because it can be used to prosecute religious groups.  Ian Stewart, Convener of Atheist Scotland, said in a letter to The Courier newspaper that the SNP's Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill "will enable the prosecution of all Scotland's... Read more

Jokes could fall foul of Scottish hate crime Bill

(Photo: Unsplash/TimMossholder)Comedians could find themselves on the wrong side of the law under the SNP's proposed hate crime Bill, campaigners have warned. If passed, the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill will make "abusive language" that is "likely to stir up hatred" a criminal offence. But a broad coalition uniting secularists and Christians warns... Read more

Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill is a charter for the suppression of free speech

(Photo: Unsplash/Mika)There are laws on the statute books which are largely redundant because they have not been used or implemented. The Scottish blasphemy law is one such. The last time it was used was 178 years ago, when Edinburgh bookseller, Thomas Paterson, was prosecuted for advertising: 'that the Bible and other obscene works not sold... Read more

Hate crime Bill threatens free speech, say Scottish bishops

(Photo: Unsplash/Kirsten Drew)The freedom to disagree must be protected, bishops have said in response to the Scottish Government's controversial plans to expand hate crime laws.  The Catholic Church in Scotland voiced concerns that the Bible and expressing biblical values may be at risk if the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill is passed in its... Read more

What does the Bible say about crime and punishment?

(Photo: Reuters)Few if any of us could have remained unmoved when listening to Lissie Harper's anguished statement last week. Lissie, the widow of PC Andrew Harper, spoke of her "heart-wrenching pain" because of the "brutal and senseless killing" of her husband, and her immense disappointment at the jury's decision to deliver manslaughter rather than murder... Read more

Hate crime law will have ‘detrimental effect on free speech’, warns Church

(Photo: Unsplash/EmranYousof)Concerns have been raised about the free speech implications of plans to extend hate crime legislation in Scotland.  The proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill "seeks to modernise and extend existing hate crime legislation". One proposed addition to existing laws would create new offences relating to stirring up hatred that apply to... Read more

Scotland’s hate crime Bill ‘threatens gospel freedom’

(Photo: Unsplash/EmranYousof)Concerns have been raised over the free speech of Christians in Scotland as the Scottish Parliament considers broadening hate crime laws.  The existing law covers race but the Justice Committee is considering extending the law to include religion, sexual orientation and transgender identity.  Nigel Kenny, the Christian Institute's Scotland Officer, fears that the Hate Crime... Read more

Trailer: The Docuseries McMillions Is the Weirdest True Crime Story Ever | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] You might keep in mind again in 2018 when a longform Each day Beast characteristic about an immensely weird scandal involving McDonalds famed Monopoly recreation went viral. The much less you understand, the higher, however it's a true crime story stuffed with bizarre twists and interesting characters with an actual and actually... Read more