BBC: Peers vote to scrap blasphemy

The government has got its controversial plan to scrap the blasphemy law through the House of Lords… The amendment [to the Criminal Justice Bill] will abolish the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel in England and Wales.

Interesting use of the word controversial, I thought, bearing in mind the last three prosecutions for blasphemy were in 1922, 1841 and 1676. Routine housekeeping is how I would have described this amendment to the law.

But, as of last Thursday, I have been sleeping just a little bit more soundly in my bed.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. Wasn't the Mary Whitehouse successful private prosection against Gay News (1977 ?) for blasphemy?

  2. I wouldn't say a TOTAL idiot! The only reason I remember it was because at the time it was seen as using an antiquated law NOT for the purpose it was originally drafted.

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