Blasphemy Update

The debate on the amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill which would repeal the UK’s law against blasphemy took place yesterday. You can read the full debate online or summaries from various news sources.

Basically, following a half hour or so of debate the Justice Minister, Maria Eagle, said that the government had “every sympathy for the case for formal abolition” and that, subject to a “short and sharp” consultation with the Anglican church, they intended to table their own abolition amendment. On the basis of this, Dr Harris withdrew his amendment.

I call that a pretty good result.

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