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Atheist plans to target Christians and the Bible if Scotland’s hate bill is passed

In an interview with The Courier, atheist Ian Stewart is claiming that if and when Scotland’s hate law is passed, he is hoping to use the legislation to target Christians and even the Bible in Scotland. Stewart told The Courier: “…it will enable the prosecution of all Scotland’s religions and their Holy Books for spreading hatred.” According to The Christian Institute, the legislation entitled Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill is so vaguely written that an individual such as Stewart may have a chance to have the Bible and other religious literature banned. Speaking on behalf of The Christian Institute, spokesman Simon Calvert said: The threshold of the proposed offences is so low, that Mr. Stewart might well be able to persuade a police officer that certain Bible verses or sermons are ‘hate crimes.’ Does the Scottish Government really want to expose church ministers to the risk of prosecution at the instigation of anti-religious zealots? The law, in its current form, criminalizes any speech or written word that is “likely to stir up hatred” …