The Hate Speech Bill by cjh | Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 | Issues that matter, Legal The Hate speech bill is a huge threat to democracy, in that it will severely curtail freedom of speech. It is even more so of a threat to Churches and the Body of Christ, as court cases and precedents have already been set internationally determining that much of scripture which relates to biblically defined sin and unrighteousness, is defined as “hate speech”.Under the new laws, hate speech will be defined as a clear intention to be harmful or to incite harm, or promote or propagate hatred to certain groups and categories of people.The definition of what constitutes hate is very wide and subjective and will most likely have the biggest adverse effect on the Church and Body of Christ. Anyone found to be in contravention of the Hate Speech may be subjected to up to three years imprisonment.The controversial Hate Speech Bill, which will criminalise certain forms of speech, is now open for public comment until 15 February 2019. Comments can be sent to Mr Vhonani Ramaano at firstname.lastname@example.org. (A copy of the revised draft of the Bill is available here).