Religion: Freedom of Expression:Written question - HL1068

Asked on: 19 July 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Religion: Freedom of Expression
Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 3 July (HL47), whether UK citizens are free to criticise religions in private and in public.
Answered on: 26 July 2017

Citizens of the United Kingdom are of course, free to criticise religions in private and public. However, it is not acceptable to stir up or promote hatred and violence against people because of their faith. Freedom of speech is one of the values that underpin our society but there are limits – it is not acceptable for people to abuse freedom of speech to incite hatred and division.

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