Friday, 28 January 2011

Hate Crime: Should The Bible Be Banned?

Almost all of the papers today have gone with the story about two men in Derby being arrested and charged with incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation - and say it's the first case of its kind (Fagburn isn't 100% sure about this - more later).
The men have been charged with distributing a leaflet, 'The Death Penalty?' - which called for gay men to be executed - outside Derby's Jamia Mosque last July, and also with posting leaflets through peoples' letterboxes.
They are due to appear in court on February 14th*, and could face seven years in prison.
Fagburn is at best ambivalent about "incitement to hatred" laws, admittedly this leaflet apparently went further and was an incitement to violence - and murder.
But then there is a best-selling book in this country, with a copy in most homes, which also clearly calls for gay men to be executed; The Holy Bible.
"If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them." (Leviticus 20 13 KJB).
I wonder if anyone will be arrested for distributing this vile and hate-filled book?

• Cartoon by Glenn McCoy.

UPDATE: Three more men have been charged - all five men are due to appear in court on February 14th.

1 comment:

  1. Sodomy is a filthy and depraved that most normal people are sickened by, its natural to be sickened by what is what is bad not a hate crime.
    Sodomites hate the bible becuase it tells the truth about this sick and depraved sin that you indulge in.
    There are far more God fearing Christians than Sodomites in the world than our Lord.