BBC NEWS | Politics | Protest over religious hate Bill: “Hundreds of Christians are protesting outside Parliament against a proposed law which would ban incitement to religious hatred.
The demonstration by a coalition of groups is timed to coincide with the second reading of the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill in the Lords.
Opponents say it will damage freedom of speech and worsen community relations. “
I agree with their protest too. Not because of a vague yearning for true freedom to say whatever you want, but because the law cannot be worded in a way that allows it to be properly restricted to those areas it is intended for. It’s all very well for Clarke to say that it won’t be used for anything dubious, but it wasn’t too long ago that an old man was restricted from re-entering the Labour Party conference after a one-word heckle. The police restricted his movements on the basis of anti-terror legislation.
So you can’t tell me that laws will never be abused if they are badly worded and created as a kneejerk reaction.