Out­dated law

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

There is an on­go­ing peti- tion ask­ing to abol­ish the still ex­tant blas­phemy law in Scot­land. Ed­in­burgh Sec­u­lar So­ci­ety was con­cerned to hear that when ques­tioned, the Scot­tish Govern­ment had re­sponded that, as no one has been charged with the crime for more than a cen­tury, it is ir­rel­e­vant and there are no plans to abol­ish it.

How­ever un­likely to be im­ple­mented in prac­tice, this leg­is­la­tion con­tin­ues to en­shrine the no­tion that free speech stops when it comes to re­li­gious be­liefs.

NEIL BAR­BER Ed­in­burgh Sec­u­lar So­ci­ety Saughton­hall Drive


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