Law and religion round-up – 23rd December

A pre-Christmas roundup for those who aren’t dashing around doing last-minute shopping… And a Happy Christmas!

The Crown Prosecution Service and the Bible

A street preacher, John Dunn, was arrested for hate speech after telling a gay couple holding hands that “the Bible says that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.” It appears that the Crown Prosecution Service commented that the Bible contains references “which are simply no longer appropriate in modern society and which would be deemed offensive if stated in public”.

Baroness Hoey subsequently raised the matter in the House of Lords, and the Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Stewart of Dirleton, replied as follows: Continue reading