The news is out: [Scotland’s Catholic bishops has warned that possessing the Bible could become an offence under the SNP’s controversial hate crime laws.
The Catholic Church said the legislation created an offence of possessing inflammatory material and expressed concern the “low threshold” to meet this test “could render material such as the Bible…as being inflammatory under the new provision”.
In a submission to a Holyrood inquiry, the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland their belief that a person’s sex and gender are “not fluid and changeable” may also fall foul of the legislation.
They said “without an appropriate freedom of expression provision” such views, “which are widely held, would not be protected”.
Echoing previous criticisms that the legislation is too vague, the submission said that “how hatred is defined is not clear which leaves it open to wide interpretation” and this could “lead to vexatious claims having to be dealt with by police”.
Their submission was published the day after the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill could mean officers “determining free speech”, leading to a breakdown in relations with the public.
The proposed new law would make “stirring up hatred” against certain groups a criminal offence, even if a person making the remarks had not intended to do so or made them in private. Those convicted face up to seven years in prison.]
Well, what did they expect? The bible is a book full of hatred and racism. In a decent world, the bible would be banned and destroyed. The Christian god is a racist terrorist. Read the damn bible, folks.