LA News Release, "Hatred and Incitement to Hatred Fundamental Human Rights" (July 2004)
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: 7 July 2004
Release Time: Immediate
Contact Details: Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris R. Tame, 07957 644 519, email@example.com
"HATRED AND INCITEMENT TO HATRED FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS", SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK
The proposal of the British Government to make a new offence of incitement to religious hatred is a sinister attack on the right to freedom of speech, says the Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties think tank and pressure group.
Libertarian Alliance Director of Communications, Dr Sean Gabb commented:
"In our view, people have an absolute right to say whatever they like in support of or against any religious doctrine. Christians, Moslems, Jews and others have the right, if they wish, to assert that their faith is the one true path to salvation and that other faiths are a passport to damnation; and atheists have an absolute right to deny any and all religious beliefs as irrational and hateful. The truth, if it can be found at all, will emerge from the clash of opinions, not from attempts to suppress debate.
"In particular, we defend the right to express the proposition that certain faiths are inherently hateful and absurd, and to denounce these faiths in the strongest and most abusive terms.
"If made, this law will be used to suppress legitimate debate, to harass comedians, and to restrict the right of religious proselytism. The proposed law is itself hateful.
"Free discussion of religion is part of a wider right to freedom of speech. We believe in freedom of speech."
The Libertarian Alliance advocates the following with regard to freedom of speech:
- No controls of any kind on the expression of opinion on matters of public policy;
- The repeal of all laws that make it illegal to express opinions on matters of race, religion, sexuality, or any similar matter;
- The repeal of all laws against discrimination and incitement to discrimination on any grounds whatever;
- The abolition of the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission, and all similar bodies;
- The cutting off of all tax-payer funding for any group that disagrees with the above.
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