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Blasphemy

Volume 670: debated on Thursday 3 March 2005

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 21 February

(WA 172), what are the "rights of others" which are protected by the offences of blasphemy. [HL1457]

If material or conduct is gratuitously offensive to Christians, and is prosecuted as such, a finding of blasphemy may be the appropriate response by a court to ensure that the rights of others under Article 9 are protected. In a number of cases, the European Court of Human Rights has found that it is justifiable to interfere with Article 10 rights to protect, inter alia, the religious rights of others.