When a historian of the Third Reich weighs in on a law affecting freedom of speech, you have to pay attention. In today's Daily Telegraph (registration required) Michael Burleigh condemns David Blunkett's proposal to criminalise incitement to religious hatred. Burleigh believes the Blair government is simply trying to buy Muslim votes:

"Has it canvassed other protected 'minorities', such as women or homosexuals, regarding whether Islam should be insulated from criticism of how it treats both "groups"? If such a law had existed in the 1980s, Salman Rushdie might have been prosecuted for writing Satanic Verses rather than being protected by the British state. It will soon be illegal to criticise, say, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who, on a recent trip to Britain, entertained Mayor Ken Livingstone with the chilling intelligence that homicide bombers can 'legitimately' kill women and children in Israel, husbands can beat their wives everywhere and that homosexuals should be put to death."

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