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Published on Jun 26, 2011
Scotland's Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland, discusses the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee the day after Justice & Communities Minister Roseanna Cunningham said singing the national anthem & making the sign of the cross may be sectarian offences, criminalising among others, the songs "God save the Queen", "Rule Britannia" and the act of "making the sign of the cross".
The bill, which was to be introduced within two weeks has since been delayed after an announcement from First Minister Alex Salmond there will be more time for MSPs to consider the bill, which will now be buried in a Christmas-time vote in late December, so it escapes most of the headlines.
More about the bill, which QC Paul McBride says will also deal with homophobic crimes, has considerable clauses affecting internet communications and seeks to criminalise any communications from British citizens even outside the UK, can be read here : http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s4/...