Tuesday, March 04, 2008

UN Report On Religious Freedom In Britain Released

Religious Intelligence reported yesterday that the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief has prepared a report on religious freedom in Britain. While finding a high degree of freedom, the report indicated a number of issues that remain. Muslim groups consider the government's anti-terrorism policy to be discriminatory. The continued existence of Britain's blasphemy law was criticized. Jewish groups complained of increased anti-Semitism; Hindus objected to an educational curriculum that favors Urdu over Hindu; Sikhs want proportional representation by religion in parliament. Some Christian groups object to policies and rules prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians.