Catholics fear hate crime law will criminalise the Bible

The Catholic Church says people could be punished for expressing views on same-sex marriage
The Catholic Church says people could be punished for expressing views on same-sex marriage
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Christians risk being criminalised for quoting passages of the Bible if new proposed hate crime legislation is passed, the Scottish Catholic Church has warned.

New legislation which is making its way through Holyrood would make “stirring up hatred” against certain groups a criminal offence.

The proposals have provoked a backlash amid fears they could lead to people being charged over comments perceived to be offensive even if that was not the intention.

Anthony Horan, director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, said that it could clog up the courts, stifle freedom of expression and enshrine a damaging “cancel culture”.

He also claimed that Christians fear they could end up in the dock for expressing Biblical views on same-sex marriage or opposing plans to make it easier.

Continue reading: thetimes.co.uk

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