New Clause 3 — Racial and religious hatred
Orders of the Day — Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill — [1st Allotted Day]
Ms Hazel Blears (Minister of State (Crime Reduction, Policing & Community Safety), Home Office; Salford, Labour)
The measure is not there simply to protect Muslims; I used them as an illustration. The measure is also to protect Christians and people from a wide range of other religions, as well as people of no religious belief at all. Dr. Harris advanced the case that people of no religious belief should also have protection, and we think that that is a perfectly proper position.