Baptists back blasphemy abolition
Ekklesia reports that senior figures in the Baptist movement have joined the growing chorus of Christians calling for an end to the archaic blasphemy laws.
Rev Sian Murray Williams, tutor at Bristol Baptist College, said in the Baptist Times:
The provisions of the blasphemy law were designed to prevent giving offence to members of the state Church. As a dissenting Baptist, I’m wary of any law which shores up the privileged position of the Church. The right to religious freedom and to the expression of faith, Christian or otherwise, is now protected by other legal provision.
I think that the law is not only anachronistic but is unjust in a religiously plural society and should be repealed.