In Adelaide, Judge Michael Higgins has spent the best part of a year wrestling with the crime of incitement to religious hatred which David Blunkett wishes to put on the British statute book. It's the first case of its kind in Australia and whatever happens Higgins is assured a place in legal history. But the prospect of recognition by his peers hasn't made the experience of trying to reconcile the mutually incompatible claims of fundamentalist Islam and fundamentalist Christianity any less wretched.

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