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Religion: Freedom of Expression

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN HL1068, tabled on 19 July 2017

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.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government