It was rightly thought to be outrageous that UK teacher Gillian Gibbons (story, news summary) was imprisoned in Sudan under blasphemy laws when children in her class named a teddy bear Muhammad. Now the National Secular Society is leading calls to do something about the UK’s blasphemy laws and have published a letter (with religious backing too) in today’s Telegraph (news story here) outlining their reasons. Evan Harris MP will table an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill in Parliament tomorrow to effectively abolish the law. If you back the change and live in the UK then send an e-mail to your MP urging them to support it!
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“There is simply no aspect of the British state that is regarded as too big to Grayl.” https://gu.com/p/e9z62/stw
I don't disagree with this, but this piece leaves me wanting a bit more - there *might* be some other factors in Söder's favour (he can be more charming than Stoiber for a start). And there's the CDU party members' view to take into account as well...
Can Germany handle a Bavarian revolution? https://www.ft.com/content/a6de8eb5-69bd-454b-9db1-8f4dc8050a2b via @financialtimes