Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Experts' Conference Rejects New Speech Limits To Protect Religions

The 10th conference of the International Religious Liberty Group of Experts met in Bucharest, Romania, September 8-10. A report yesterday from Adventist News Network says that the conference focused on efforts around the world to ban hate speech and enact defamation of religion laws. Several speakers warned that proposed defamation of religion laws will increase religious intolerance and are destructive of free speech. The conference concluded that "no specific legislation should be voted but hate speech should be limited according to the already existing human rights law."