Making fun of “flat-earthers” may be the mainstay of many a joke, but if a new discrimination law is adopted, such hilarity could land you in hot water in the Equality Court. You can now “unintentionally” discriminate, among other things, on grounds of someone’s “beliefs”.

This new bill amends the so-called Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act. The government seems to be trying to reintroduce, through the backdoor, the vilified Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, which faced stiff opposition from civil society back in 2016-2018. Parliament proceeding with the amendment bill is likely to invite similar opposition...

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