Catholic Catechism could be classified as hate speech

Aug 2, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant:

Scotland’s Catholic bishops are warning the Bible could be potentially outlawed under the Scottish Nationalist Party’s proposed Hate Crime and Public Order Bill.

In a submission to a parliamentary inquiry, bishops express concern that the legislation “creates an offense of possessing inflammatory material,” which, combined with the low threshold for committing an offense articulated in the bill, could color the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church as “inflammatory.”

“The Catholic Church’s understanding of the human person, including the belief that sex and gender are not fluid and changeable, could fall foul of the new law,” Anthony Horan, director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, stated.

The bill creates a new crime of stirring up hatred against “protected groups” on the basis of disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, sex and transgender identity, giving criminal courts the power to “generally take into account any prejudice when sentencing a person.”

“Crimes motivated by prejudice will be treated more seriously and will not be tolerated by society,” states the government’s website in an explanation of the new legislation.

Free Speech, Bible Jeopardized

Speaking to Church Militant, Tim Dieppe, head of public policy at Christian Concern, confirmed the bishops’ “very real concerns about the way in which free speech will be impeded by this legislation.”

“‘Hate speech’ is defined by perception and is therefore entirely subjective,” Dieppe noted.

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