An evangelical Christian activist group is warning it will attempt to use the British government’s new racial and religious hatred law to prosecute for inciting religious hatred book stores selling the Quran.
Christian Voice, a group that earlier campaigned against the BBC’s broadcasting of “Jerry Springer The Opera,” was part of a demonstration against the bill outside parliament as the House of Lords held a second reading of the legislation.
Its director, Stephen Green, said the organization would consider taking out prosecutions against shops selling the Islamic holy book, the London Guardian reported. He said: “If the Quran is not hate speech, I don’t know what is. We will report staff who sell it. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that unbelievers must be killed.”
“It is not just Islam which is the problem,” said the group’s website. “If a preacher is explaining the horrors of Hinduism … a charge of stirring up religious hatred would be almost inevitable. Preaching against sin in general, or adultery or homosexuality in particular, may also land a preacher in court.”
During yesterday’s debate, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, said the law “threatens civil liberties”.
“I am troubled by the bill before us and feel that rather than strengthening the social fabric of our society it would weaken it. It has the potential to drive a wedge between the Muslim community and the rest of us,” he said.
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