“By now it must surely be appreciated that depicting the prophet in a derogatory way will cause grave offence among many Muslims and can lead to an explosive reaction with dreadful consequences.In other words that part of the ‘Human Rights Act 1998’ which supposedly safeguards ‘the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and to manifest such beliefs’ is b***ocks, as respect for the ‘sensitivities and needs of other individuals, groups’ overrides this fundamentally British principle.
Despite the importance of the right to free speech, you are not intended to exercise it regardless of the rights of others. If you know as you should do Islam is very sensitive to depictions in the media of the prophet you should take care not to depict the prophet in a grotesque way…
The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and to manifest such beliefs was part of the Human Rights Act 1998 but such rights must be exercised in a way which respects the sensitivities and needs of other individuals, groups or society as a whole. In other words, they should be exercised reasonably and in a manner that does not impinge disproportionately on the rights of others.”
Lord Woolf said this. Harry Woolf was our Lord Chief Justice during Tony Blair’s time as leader of our country and the first Lord Chief Justice to be President of the Courts of England and Wales.
He is Jewish.
Check out Douglas Murray’s excellent rebuttal to Woolf’s Islam-partial thesis in The Spectator.