The Null Device
A BBC announcer may be prosecuted for blasphemous libel
after reading out a poem about a centurion's homoerotic lust for Jesus. The author of the poem already was sentenced to nine months with hard labour for blasphemy upon its publication in 1976; the sentence was suspended. Britain's blasphemy laws, which apply only to blasphemy against Christianity, were introduced in the seven teenth century, when ques-tioning the existence of the state religion was akin to treason. They have remained unamended ever since.
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