Schedule 26 — Hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 7:45 pm on 6th May 2008.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Justice) 7:45 pm, 6th May 2008

I will not allow myself to be disturbed by the outrageous allegation that my hon. Friend Mr. Bacon has made. It may be that the standards in the City are different from those that we apply in the Temple—but let us leave it there.

As I think the Minister mentioned, in its verdict on "Jerry Springer: The Opera" the High Court underlined the very high threshold that has to be passed for a prosecution to be brought under the common law of blasphemy. Essentially, the Court said, that means that

"there must be contemptuous, reviling, scurrilous and/or ludicrous material relating to God, Christ, the Bible or formularies of the Church of England."