Cowan v Milbourn (1867) LR 2 Ex 230

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Facts
  • Someone rented another person a room, but didn’t know they would be broadcasting anti-Christian lectures
  • When they found out, they breached the contract to disallow him to take tenancy
Held
  • The law in England [at that time] is most basically based on Christianity so it is illegal to be blasphemous
  • Therefore it was the defendant’s obligation to disallow the contract to continue
  • It doesn’t matter that he justified it on a different ground originally

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