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Pride and police prejudice on parade


IS IT the task of taxpayer-funded public services to indoctrinate us regarding what moral attitudes we should hold? This is exactly what happens in Pride parades each year up and down the country, and it is what happened at Birmingham Pride last weekend.

For example, is it appropriate for NHS workers and the Ambulance Service to use the NHS logo to march through the centre of Birmingham to tell the world that the gay lifestyle must be accepted, or else you are a bigot? Nurses and other NHS workers are perfectly free to participate in such parades as private citizens, but should they do so under the banner of their public sector employer?

Why do the West Midlands Police feel it necessary to demonstrate to all and sundry their impeccable liberal/progressive credentials? What has this got to do with their primary task? Should police officers and a police vehicle take part in the parade? After all, the promotion of the LGBT cause is a moral issue. Since when was it the role of the police to impart to us instruction concerning sexual morality?

Should Birmingham City Council fly the rainbow flag outside their council offices? Is not their job to keep the streets clean and empty the dustbins? What about council taxpayers whose religious views categorise homosexuality as sinful? Do they not also form part of the glorious diversity which the council celebrates? Why does the council not express its love of ‘equality’ in respect of them?

The leader of Birmingham City Council addressed the Pride supporters and told them that elected council members from all political parties were participating in the parade. If this tells us anything, it is that this issue has political ramifications; which again brings us to the gross impropriety of the police taking sides.

The West Midlands Police website announced that the force would be ‘spreading the love’ by taking part in the parade. They even went to the trouble of issuing Pride flags for people to wave, one of which a parade supporter handed to this writer.

The Chief Constable was happily photographed holding a stack of these flags and laughing alongside some of the marchers who were decked out in their special outfits. Those outfits included people dressed up to look like dogs in harnesses. One wonders what kind of wholesome message this is meant to convey?

This partiality shown by the police is particularly out of order, because the gay rights movement is a campaigning movement with political objectives, and the police, we again assert, must be non-political. It is vital that they are seen to be impartial, especially in the current tense atmosphere of the protests at Birmingham schools over the ‘No Outsiders’ programme, which protests police officers have to oversee.

Furthermore, those such as myself who desire to set forth a distinctly Christian perspective at such parades need to have the confidence that the police remain without any bias. How can such confidence be nurtured if the police officers around them are carrying rainbow flags or have rainbow-painted faces, as was the case at the London Pride parade last year?

I would respectfully remind the police, NHS workers and councillors that Bible-believing Christians are tax-paying citizens as well, as of course also are the many concerned Muslim parents in Birmingham.

It seems that the NHS, the council and the police have no qualms about publicly trashing the beliefs of the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Peter Simpson
Peter Simpson
Pastor Peter Simpson has been Minister of Penn Free Methodist Church in Buckinghamshire since 1990, and is a keen open air preacher. He is the author of a book on World War II entitled ‘When a Nation Prays’, which is currently available on Amazon.

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