Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Oh Good Lord 

Without fanfare, the blasphemy law finally expired in 'England-and-Wales' on 8 July when section 79 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 came into force.

I forgot all about this and had to be reminded by a New Zealander.

Now can someone update - is Blasphemy still on the books in Scotland? I would be amazed if it isn't still around in Northern Ireland...

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Blasphemy is still an offence in Scotland, but there has been no prosecution since 1843. This is thought to be because it is more difficult to bring a private prosecution in Scotland, as you have to prove that you are personally affected by the crime.
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