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Equity, protection and the incitement to religious hatred

Speaker: Dr Derek McGhee, University of Southampton
Chair: Dr Claire Alexander, Department of Sociology, LSE
May 2005

Abstract

There is clear evidence that far right groups such as the BNP have in recent years shifted the focus of their bigotry from race to religion in Britain. Many believe this to be a tactic dictated by legislation, especially the existence of legislation outlawing the incitement to racial hatred and the lack of legislation outlawing the incitement to religious hatred. Arguably the least protected and the most vulnerable religious group (especially since 9/11) in the UK at the moment is the Muslim community. In this talk, Derek McGhee will explore two related phenomena: British post-9/11 Islamophobia and the Government's solution to it in the form of controversial incitement to religious hatred legislation.

Derek McGhee is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton, UK. He is the author of two books: Homosexuality, Law and Resistance, Routledge (2001) and Intolerant Britain? Hate, Citizenship & Difference, Open University Press (2005).

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