CNA Staff, Jul 29, 2020 / 05:00 am
Catholic bishops have said that proposed hate crime legislation in Scotland could criminalize the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
"We are also concerned that section 5 of the Bill creates an offense of possessing inflammatory material which, if taken with the low threshold contained therein, could render material such as the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other texts such as Bishops' Conference of Scotland submissions to government consultations, as being inflammatory under the new provision," they said.
The bishops made the comments in a submission to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee, which is scrutinizing the bill. The bill was introduced by the Scottish Government April 23.