Duncan Smith added: "Lots of people of different religions have had abusive things said in jokes by comedians".
The Blackadder and Mr Bean star, who has previously made free speech interventions, said the former Cabinet minister had made a "pretty good" joke when he suggested women wearing face-veils looked like letterboxes, and insisted it was pointless to apologise for joking about religion as it always causes offence.
"You should really only apologize for a bad joke".
"Unfortunately under the new code of conduct, if a formal complaint is lodged - and I believe that reports say Lord Sheikh, a Conservative peer, has lodged a formal complaint - it has to be investigated. On that basis, no apology is required", he added.
Johnson had compared women wearing the Islamic full-face covering with an eye slit to bank robbers and letterboxes in a commentary piece for The Telegraph newspaper earlier in the week.
The Racial and Religious Hatred Act became law in 2007 and it was introduced to punish extremists who incite religious hatred, but Atkinson said it was a "wholly inappropriate response" and could stifle freedom of speech.
"I think a lot of your listeners will be deeply anxious about the state of our democracy and free speech", he told talkRadio.
Last solar eclipse of 2018 on 11th
During a partial solar eclipse, there is no totality because the moon will only cover a portion of the sun, according to NASA. Due to the limited range of influence, the partial solar eclipse will not be live streamed by an agency or observatory.
Will Monster Hunter World PC Have Cross-Play With Console?
It's also already surpassed any other Japanese game in Steam history, and by extension it's Capcom's biggest PC title, too. Maybe once the PC version catches up to the PS4 and Xbox One versions in patches we can have this discussion again.
He explained there was a complaints procedure within the Conservative Party and that the Party had a mechanism for dealing with these issues.
Mr Johnson has also won the support of Tory former chief whip Andrew Mitchell, who said the Uxbridge MP had used "colourful" language but had not committed an offence.
"This is quite an important issue about free speech and it's got nothing to do with the terrible events that take place over Enoch Powell and the Rivers of Blood speech".
"Boris was speaking out against a ban of the type that's taken place in Denmark and some other countries".
The remarks have sparked indignation from within the Conservative Party, with Prime Minister Theresa May and party chairman, Brandon Lewis, both calling for Mr Johnson to apologise.
But the former Cabinet minister, who is on holiday overseas, has made no response.
Speaking to Vanity Fair , he said: 'It could be a woman - could be a black woman, could be a white woman, ' he said. Back in 2014, Sony's then-studio chair Amy Pascal told a colleague that "Idris [Elba] should be the next Bond ".
The AUD/USD still looks like a good pair to sell on rallies, with the fundamentals remaining bearish for the Aussie currency. Yesterday, the prime minister said, "now, we are the land of droughts", an indication of the current problem.
Cardiff City have expressed an interest in landing AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter , according to reports. The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland worldwide last played a Premier League game for the Cherries on January 1.
"You so famously and so powerfully said, 'George Bush doesn't care about black people , '" Kimmel said. "And then told me every time I said I liked Trump that I couldn't say it out loud or my career would be over".
Phil Thompson believes Manchester City are favourites to win the Premier League title ahead of Liverpool FC this season. I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane .
The adjustments are similar to what the Patriots did past year with tight end Rob Gronkowski's deal, the source told Schefter. Even with his salary likely to sit at roughly $20 million, Brady will be a bargain among quarterbacks of his calibre.
Ankara is turning towards China to overcome what Erdogan said were "subjective evaluations" from ratings agencies. Last week, Mr Erdogan urged Turks to exchange gold and other currency for lira in a effort to boost its value.
Discord today announced that the company has started beta testing a new digital game store with 50,000 of its Canadian users. Nitro subscribers will get access to games such as Saints Row: The Third and Metro: Last Light Redux , among others.
However, thanks to the work of a conservative street artist and a team of merry star placers, faux versions of the star are now occupying empty spaces on the famed walk.
'Worst drought in living memory': Australia's big dry
Southern Australia has experienced near-record levels of dry weather; rainfall has been 57mm below average for the time of year. Others have had to bulldoze orchards or lose their farms, leaving entire families without income, according to Australian media.
NASAs planet-hunting probe catches comet in action
As Space.com explains , these brightening and dimming behavior is caused by stellar mechanics, not by planets orbiting the star. This ability is critical in the search for alien planets , which is the primary goal of NASA's advanced satellite.
CDC: 4 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota
New Jersey health officials report that the state has seen its first case of West Nile virus in a human this year. August and September are traditionally the peak times for virus transmission of the mosquitoborne virus.
Pony causes a stink as Queen kick starts her summer break
The Queen didn't look impressed when an adorable pony, called Cruachan IV, defecated in front of her at Balmoral Castle yesterday. The castle is open to the public until the end of July and has been prepared for the Queen's arrival over the last week.
Holidaymakers evacuated as floods hit southern France
Ten people were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia and minor injuries, said regional police spokesman Jerome Tallaron. Heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1600 people - a lot of them campers - in southern France, officials say.
Manchester United wanted to pay £100m plus for Rafael Varane
Manchester United host Leicester City on Friday night in the Premier League's curtain raising clash of the 2018/19 clash. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has shed some light on defender Toby Alderweireld's future in north London.
Europe might force Apple to ditch Lightning Cable
Such studies are conducted to estimate the need for the Commission's own actions and analyze the impacts of the possible options. After this agreement expired in 2012, a new letter of intent was signed by the same companies in 2013 and 2014.