A survey conducted by Whitestone Insights has revealed that about 23% of young Brits, aged between 18 and 34, would endorse a ban on the Bible if certain sections were perceived to clash with contemporary hate speech regulations.
The study involved questioning 2,088 British individuals about their views on banning books, including religious texts like the Bible, that contain what some may regard as hate speech, unless the offending parts could be edited out.
The results revealed a significant number of people across different age groups who agreed with this perspective. Of those aged between 35 and 54, 17% echoed similar sentiments, while 13% of respondents aged 55 and above also concurred with the idea of banning such texts.
Lois McLatchie, the communications officer at Alliance Defending Freedom, has responded to these findings by emphasizing the importance of safeguarding freedom of speech and belief, particularly given the dwindling Christian population in Britain. She stressed the need for robust measures to ensure religious freedom and for educating the younger generation on the potential negative implications of censorship.
The survey’s findings come in the backdrop of increasing antipathy towards Christians in Britain over the past few decades. As it stands, Christians are prohibited from silently praying outside abortion clinics, demonstrating the escalating restrictions on religious practices in the country.