14th December 2001
The Muslim Council of Britain is deeply disappointed that an opportunity to legislate against Incitement to Religious Hatred has been lost at a time when it is needed most. “This is a setback for all who wish to rid society of hatred against people of faith,” said Yousuf Bhailok, Secretary General of the MCB.
However, the MCB is encouraged by the fact that there is cross-party support for a similar bill in the future. “We shall continue to urge the Home Secretary to introduce comprehensive legislation banning religious discrimination as soon as possible. Recent events have highlighted the extent to which faith groups remain unprotected by current legislation. It is imperative that this shortfall is corrected,” said Mr Bhailok.