Nearly 25% of young Brits would support banning the Bible if they believed it contained ‘hate speech’, reveals a recent poll conducted by Whitestone Insights. The survey, which asked 2,088 UK adults about their stance on banning books perceived as having hate speech, highlighted that individuals aged 18 to 34 were most likely to agree with such measures (23%), followed by those aged 35 to 54 (17%). In contrast, respondents over the age of 55 were less likely to support a ban (13%). Lois McLatchie from the Alliance Defending Freedom UK expressed concern over the poll results during an appearance on GBNews. She pointed to the recent case in Finland, where former Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen was acquitted of hate speech charges after a prolonged legal battle for tweeting a Bible verse on marriage and sexuality.
“We may no longer be a majority Christian population here in Britain. That’s even more reason to protect freedom of speech and belief for all,” said McLatchie. McLatchie cited instances under the Conservative government, such as the arrest of street preachers for quoting the Bible in public and legal actions against pro-life campaigners praying silently near abortion clinics, as concerning steps towards censorship. “We need a robust defense of religious freedom from those who craft our legislation, and we need to educate the ‘be kind’ generation on the truly hateful consequences of censorship before this type of thinking creeps further into reality.”
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