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Friday, March 7, 2008

Britain On the Way To Eliminating Offense of Blasphemy

The House of Lords has voted to eliminate the common law offenses of blasphemy and blasphemous libel in England and Wales by an overwhelming vote (nearly 2 to 1 for). The last prosecution for blasphemy in England was eighty years ago. Here's the text on which the House of Lords voted. Read more in a BBC story here, and here in a Los Angeles Times story. The House of Lords, sitting as a court of appeal, refused earlier this week to hear an action for blasphemy against the BBC for broadcasting "Jerry Springer--The Opera."

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