Lecturer accuses university of ‘bringing back blasphemy as a crime’ after dismissal for criticising religious centre

A lecturer has accused his former university of “bringing back blasphemy as a crime” after he was dismissed for criticising funding for a religious centre.

…Dr Hill was initially suspended at the university in February last year after emailing its student union in response to a public notice about “hate speech”. In it he argued “faith is not something to be admired”, labelled religious beliefs “nonsense” and said he was legally allowed to express “dislike” and “antipathy” to faith.

Then in a separate incident in April he ended up in an argument with a Muslim student who confronted him outside the faith centre, which he said would used to “indoctrinate people into the Muslim faith” and should be used as a maths centre instead. The student later complained, accusing Dr Hill of a “public display of anger”, according to the university’s internal report.