01 February 2006

Statement on the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

Alison Jackson, Methodist Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs: 'The Methodist Church opposes incitement to hatred of people for any reason, including their religious beliefs. We also support freedom of speech, including the right to evangelise. We did not share the concern that the Government's proposals would accidentally compromise the right to evangelise. Our concern is that the weaker form that the legislation has now taken may leave a loophole through which extremist groups can target those who are in a vulnerable position in society.'

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