A minister in Dundee Scotland has reported Scotland Police and the Scottish Government for committing a hate crime against Christians.
David Robertson, minister at St Peters Free Church, said “I have just fulfilled my civic duty and reported both Police Scotland and the Scottish Government for a ‘hate incident.'”
The complaint comes after Scottish authorities released a new campaign urging citisens to report bigots, homophobes, transphobes, and any “religious hate” that’s heard or seen.
“Dear BIGOTS, you can’t spread your religious hate here. End of sermon,” one of the posters reads.
In an open letter to Police Scotland and the Scottish Government, Robertson said, “I would like to report a Hate Crime. As the Scottish government and Police Scotland encourage us to do so…”
“You state that ‘A hate incident is any incident that is not a criminal offence, but something which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hate or prejudice,’ Robertson wrote.
“By your own criteria your posters, especially the one on religion is a hate incident. I perceive it as being motivated by hate and prejudice.”
“Why? In my day-to-day life I experience a great deal of anti-Christian prejudice, fuelled by ignorance and prejudice. Your poster will just add to that,” he said.
“By your own criteria (‘A hate incident is any incident that is not a criminal offence, but something which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hate or prejudice.‘) you have committed a hate offence, one that in my view is likely to lead to actual crime (e.g. vandalism against churches),” Robertson went on to say.
“You say that to report it is to stop it. I hope that you will remove the posters, apologise for the crass insensitivity shown and please get back to the job of policing crime; not opinions, ideas or thoughts.”
You can read Robertson’s full letter at The Wee Flea.
Photo: David Robertson