In response to Mark Ellse: In today’s Britain preaching the Bible can land you in court, Politically__Incorrect wrote:
I heard about Mike Overd’s acquittal with joy, even though it is only a partial victory. It seems to me that the law fails to distinguish between a person expressing an opinion and expressing what he believes to be a universal law. Christians believe in God’s law first. That law has been expressed through the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus. It doesn’t matter what I or any other Christian think of them, they are written in the very fabric of God’s universe and we cannot change them.
So when somebody reads from the scriptures that homosexuality is against God’s will, they are not expressing hate. Hatred, like beauty, is often just in the eye of the beholder. Someone feels uncomfortable so they must be the victim of hate. The result is that anybody who feels uncomfortable about something can go to the police and report a “hate crime”. Our police seem to be wasting a lot of time and public money in investigating this sort of incident, and indeed, the police themselves seem to have prejudices of their own.
There are, of course, many “professional offence takers” (POTs) out there who feign hurt and indignation in order to make a political point. These people should be considered as wasting police time, though it seems the police are wasting their own time anyway.