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The only way to repeal blasphemy codes is to breach them

January 12, 2015

Too many cowards. Don’t talk about it, it will go away.

Lawyers' Secular Society

HebdoBy LSS Secretary Charlie Klendjian

Over the last five days I have listened patiently to the most extraordinarily confused and painful discussions on the rights and wrongs of murdering people who draw cartoons. What an odd response our public discourse has generated towards what is, to my mind at least, a moral issue of the most blinding clarity.

I have heard people discuss virtually every single free speech scenario possible: incitement to murder; publishing military and intelligence secrets on the internet; defamation; contempt of court; Holocaust denial; footballers’ super-injunctions; and rape victims’ right to anonymity. You name it and I have heard it. I even heard of a discussion between lawyers – actual grown-up lawyers – about the rights and wrongs of wearing an openly anti-Semitic t-shirt to work. Come to think of it, it’s very suspicious just how many diversionary discussions I have heard about Jews generally these last few days.

The one free speech scenario which…

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