Scotland Salon: Hate Crime Bill Online Debate

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Academy of Ideas Scotland Salon on 29 September 2020. Is the Hate Crime Bill an important new protection for vulnerable groups? Does it go too far in attempting to do so? Could the bill’s critics be reassured by more precise language? Conversely, should the Scottish government be legislating at all to restrict free speech, even when it is offensive and designed to stir up hatred? Can we distinguish between words and actions? Should the very notion of a ‘hate crime’ be challenged? Jim Sillars, Dr Carlton Brick and Laurence Fox discuss. (With guest appearance from John Cleese.)Academy of Ideas Scotland Salon on 29 September 2020. Is the Hate Crime Bill an important new protection for vulnerable groups? Does it go too far in attempting to do so? Could the bill’s critics be reassured by more precise language? Conversely, should the Scottish government be legislating at all to restrict free speech, even when it is offensive and designed to stir up hatred? Can we distinguish between words and actions? Should the very notion of a ‘hate crime’ be challenged? Jim Sillars, Dr Carlton Brick and Laurence Fox discuss. (With guest appearance from John Cleese.)

Period29 Sep 2020

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Keywords

  • Hate Crime
  • Scotland
  • SNP