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← To defame religion is a human right

brainsys's Avatar Jump to comment 6 by brainsys

The pedantic question is what do we mean by 'defamation'.

In some but not all jurisdictions a complete defence against defamation, slander or libel is that the offending statement is substantially true. So using this defence anything you say about Islam or Dave Cameron is OK unless its untrue. Tell phibs and you are in trouble. What's new or wrong there?

The worrying consideration is where truth is not a complete defence. That's the real issue and not limited to stuff about religion. Arguing in a secular court about the real truth of religious ideas might not be a bad idea ;-)

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:35:00 UTC | #348245