POLL OF THE DAY: Blasphemy law - Is it important to have the freedom to criticise religion? - YOUR VERDICT

POLL OF THE DAY: Blasphemy law - Is it important to have the freedom to criticise religion? - YOUR VERDICT

Lee Anderson doubled down on his comments

GB News
Dimitris Kouimtsidis

By Dimitris Kouimtsidis


Published: 27/02/2024

- 05:00

Updated: 27/02/2024

- 20:20

GB News membership readers were asked whether they think that it's important to have the freedom to criticise religion

Kemi Badenoch has warned the Labour Party risks creating a “blasphemy law” due to its definition of Islamophobia.

The Business Secretary, who also holds the post of Equalities Minister, said it was best to use the term “anti-Muslim hatred”.


She claimed such a phrase would protect both religious freedom and the “freedom to criticise religion”.

She said on social media: “The definition of ‘Islamophobia’ she [Anneliese Dodds] uses creates a blasphemy law via the back door if adopted."

POLL OF THE DAY: Blasphemy law - Is it important to have the freedom to criticise religion? - YOUR VERDICT

POLL OF THE DAY: Blasphemy law - Is it important to have the freedom to criticise religion? - YOUR VERDICT

GB News

With that in mind, GB News membership readers were exclusively asked whether they think it's important to have the freedom to criticise religion.

An overwhelming majority of 97 per cent of voters think it's important to have the freedom to criticise religion, while only two per cent disagreed with the statement.

This comes as Ashfield MP Lee Anderson lost the Tory whip after claiming that “Islamists” have “got control” of London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Sadiq Khan slammed Anderson, referring to the comments as "Islamophobic and racist".

Badenoch took to social media to vent about the row.

Lee Anderson, Sadiq Khan, Kemi Badenoch

Kemi Badenoch took to social media to vent about the row following Lee Anderson's comments about Sadiq Khan

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The Saffron Walden MP said: “We use the term ‘Anti-Muslim hatred’. It makes clear the law protects Muslims.

“In this country, we have a proud tradition of religious freedom and the freedom to criticise religion.

“The definition of ‘Islamophobia’ she [Anneliese Dodds] uses creates a blasphemy law via the back door if adopted.

“As the minister for the Equality Act, I also know the definition of Islamophobia that Anneliese Dodds and Labour have adopted is not in line with law as written.”

Badenoch added: “Anti-Muslim hatred is more precise and better reflects the UK’s laws, as others have noted.”

Badenoch's comments come after Labour’s Shadow Equalities Minister Anneliese Dodds accused senior Tories of failing to “call out Islamophobia”.

Labour’s code of conduct acknowledges there is “no single agreed definition of Islamophobia”.

However, Labour adopted the definition used by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims in 2019.

It states Islamophobia as “a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness”.