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(This page provides case references and links to relevant court judgements or news reports.

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Green v Westminster Magistrates [2007] EWHC 2785 (Admin)

An unsuccessful attempt to prosecute the BBC for Blasphemy over its broadcast of "Gerry Springer the Opera"  (BBC News item on the case)

Whitehouse v Gay News Ltd and Lemon [1979] 2 WLR 281

(The last prosecution for Blasphemy in England)

Chief Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate, ex parte Choudhury [1991] 1 QB 429,   [1990] 3 WLR 986, [1991] 1 All ER 306

(An unsuccessful attempt to extend Blasphemy law to cover Islam)

 Wingrove v UK (1996) 24 EHRR

( English Blasphemy law was compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights )



DPP Ex Parte  LONDON BOROUGH OF MERTON,  [1999] EWHC Admin 179

(Two unsuccessful attempts to extent Race Hatred Laws to cover Ahmadi Muslims)

BBC News - Man in Glasgow convicted of inciting racial hatred with leaflets attacking "Muslims"


Connolly v DPP [2007] EWHC 237 (Admin) 

(A Christian protestor against Abortion sent photographs  of Aborted Foetuses to pharmacists who sold the "morning after" pill. She was prosecuted under Malicious Communications Act)


Norwood v DPP [2003] EWHC 1564 (Admin)

( The display of a poster saying “Islam out of Britain was a Religiously Aggravated Public Order Offence)


HAMMOND -v- DPP [2004] EWHC 69 (Admin)

( A street preacher with a sign saying 'Stop Immorality', 'Stop Homosexuality', 'Stop Lesbianism' was guilty of a Public Order Offence )


REDMOND-BATE v. DPP [1999] EWHC Admin 733

( Preaching on the steps of Wakefield Cathedral was held not to be a breach of the peace. Para 20 of the judgement is an eloquent defence of the right to freedom of speech even when others disagree with what is being said. A principle which seems to have been ignored in the case of Hammond )


R v TAYLOR [2001] EWCA Crim 2263

(The provisions of Article 9 of the European Convention did not allow Rastafarians to use Cannabis in defiance of the Drugs Act)


BBC News - A teacher is cleared of Religiously Aggravated Assault on a pupil
BBC News - "Vampires”  jailed for Religiously Aggravated Harassment of a Vicar

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