Magazine article The Spectator

Making Hatred History

Magazine article The Spectator

Making Hatred History

Article excerpt

From Sher Khan Sir: Alasdair Palmer, in his article 'Muslims are an ethnic group' (5 November), asserts that the supporters of the government's Bill to prohibit incitement to religious hatred have just not looked at its details carefully enough. It is strange, then, that closer examination of the detail reveals that Alasdair Palmer is guilty of the very negligence he accuses others of.

While the criteria as laid down by the opinion of Lord Fraser are accurately stated by Mr Palmer, he omits to inform his readers about how those criteria have been applied and defined by the courts in practice. Lord Fraser's lead opinion was used successfully to argue the inclusion of both Jewish and Sikh communities in the courts as racial groupings, thereby qualifying members of both faiths for protection under the existing incitement to racial hatred law. …

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