Cookies: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. By continuing to use the site you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
House of Commons Hansard
x
Freedom of Expression (Religious Satire)
05 December 2016
Volume 618
The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

12. What legal protections are in place to protect people’s freedom of expression with regard to religious satire. [907626]

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Freedom of speech and religion are core values that make our country great. They are, indeed, protected in law. What is or is not a joke, or what constitutes satire, is, I believe, in the eye or ear of the beholder and is not, perhaps, for Government to opine on.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Why did the Home Secretary and her Ministers not give voice to those principles during the manhunt and vilification of the gymnast Louis Smith?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

One of the first actions that I took when I came to office in July was to publish a hate crime action plan, to which I refer my hon. Friend. It enables anybody who is the victim of any sort of hate crime, which I think is what he is referring to, to have the confidence to report what is going on and to make sure that the police take action so that they do not feel singled out and abused.