After a sharp rise in reported crimes in which religious hatred was a factor, Alastair Lichten says liberal democracies should challenge hatred and bigotry while resisting attempts to silence ideas.
According to new figures from the Home Office there were 94,098 hate crime offences reported in 2017/18 (in England and Wales), an increase of 17% on the previous year. In 8,336 cases (9% of the total) the religion of the victim was reported as a factor, an increase of 40% on the previous year.
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