by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 12/18/12, 09:30 am
The United Kingdom is one step closer to amending a law that prohibits “insulting” speech and has been used to charge preachers speaking against homosexuality.
The House of Lords voted 150-54 last week to remove the word “insulting” from Section 5 of the Public Order Act. A speaker violates the law if he “uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior … within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby.”