Hate Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 29th October 2015.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Chair, International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, Chair, International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Official Report, columns 11-12, whether her Department's planned proposals on tackling hate speech and extremism will affect Christian ministers' ability to preach biblical values in non-religious locations.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Nothing that the Government is doing or planning to do to tackle hate speech and extremism will affect Christian ministers’ ability to preach biblical values in non-religious locations. Our work will protect the freedom to exchange religious ideas - a fundamental part of our thriving democracy - against the extremists and hate preachers who shut down debate and condemn anyone who disagrees with them.

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