Bishops in Scotland say Hate Crime Laws Must Allow for Robust Debate

Posted on: February 28, 2019

Country: Scotland, United Kingdom

In its response to the government consultation on hate crime legislation, the Scottish Catholic Church expressed concern that the definition of ‘hate’ has become open to misuse, raising fears that expressing traditional Catholic views on marriage and sexuality could be viewed as illegal. “Care must be taken to allow room for debate and a robust exchange of views, ensuring that ‘hate’ doesn’t include the kind of ordinary discourse where people reasonably hold divergent views. The fundamental right to freedom of expression, and the right of an individual to hold and express opinions, even if they are considered by some to be controversial or unwelcome must be upheld,” the Bishops said.

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