Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Gay Police Association guilty of 'faith crime'

Remember this advertisement by the Gay Police Association? Well, the Christians have won a rare victory. The advertisement received 533 complaints – more than any other this year – and the GPA has been banned from using it again, after the Advertising Standards Authority upheld assertions that it breaches codes covering truthfulness, accuracy and offence.

Cranmer reported on this earlier, and it was his considered opinion that it constituted a ‘faith crime’ against Christians. The ASA accused the GPA of making ‘false claims’ that Christians were responsible for a sharp rise in 'hate crime' attacks on homosexuals. They also found:

• The GPA failed to provide evidence backing up the claims of an increase in attacks.
• Used images of spilt blood to give the impression that all the incidents involved violence. This was not true.
• Falsely implied Christians were responsible for the incidents it was highlighting. In fact, even the GPA admitted that around a quarter of allegations involved Muslims.

It is the last of this points that interests His Grace. A massive 25% of these ‘homophobic' attacks involved Muslims, yet the GPA would not have dared to juxtapose the Qur’an with blood. They chose to focus on the unsubstantiated assertion that Christians were the principal offenders. The advertisement was therefore a deliberate attempt to stir up hatred against Christians. Unfortunately, the CPS has ruled out prosecution, but it is reported that the officers involved could face disciplinary action.

Cranmer rather doubts that they will. It was, after all, only the Christians who took offence.


Anonymous Ulster Man said...

It is good to hear of a Christian 'victory' in this day and age, and I hope that woman at BA is also reinstated and compensated. The police shouldn't have any of these sub-groups with agendas; they should be about law and order, period. Anything else is a distraction, though doubtless financed by taxpayers. But there should be a prosecution. Internal discipline in the police has never amounted to much.

18 October 2006 at 14:25  
Anonymous Pink Truncheon said...

Aetheistic Gays have long had a malign agenda against Christians for obvious reasons, but considering most of the Anglican Clergy are poofs, it does rather appear that they have scored an own goal. Silly Buggers.

18 October 2006 at 14:55  
Anonymous Lena Mouse said...

With a name like that, Pink Truncheon, it's not difficult to see where you're coming from!

I agree with Ulster Man. This poster shouldn't have been produced, and the GPA should be prosecuted. I'd have no doubt at all that if the target had been Islam and the Koran with a pool of blood that a criminal offence would have been committed.

18 October 2006 at 17:13  
Anonymous The jabberwock said...

They would never have dared to target Islam, because the GPA would have known only too well that real blood would have been spilt - theirs.

Those of us on the Judeo-Christian wing should be politely but firmly pointing out that 25% of these alleged 'homophobic attacks' involved followers of the RoP.

We are engaged in a war of cultural, physical and spiritual survival against an utterly implaccable foe - and up to now our side have been utterly routed.

18 October 2006 at 18:09  
Anonymous Voyager said...

The trouble is that most Gay Lobby groups are prone to histrionics and making themselves ridiculous by immature attacks on anything which suggests authority and structure and it becomes hard to take any of this stuff seriously.

It does however increase antagonism and the govt should be very careful not to incite a Christian backlash - they once saw what a Protestant Workers Strike did in Northern Ireland; and they would be surprised just how many people in Great Britain would rally to a defence of Christian Civilisation afainst Oppressive Minorities

18 October 2006 at 18:48  
Blogger kris said...

Your Grace

Thank you for publishing the thought that dare not speak its name.

I have not been the subject of homophobic abuse from Christians, practicing or non-practicising, in this country.

On the other hand, I and my similarly situated friends can recount occasions too numerous to particularise where we have had to run a gauntlet of abuse from members of another faith group- merely making our way to and from work.

The GPA know good and well the facts you recount. Too bad that in the tension of minority and women's rights, others' abuse is swepted under the cultural relativitism, "Religious freedom" carpet.

18 October 2006 at 20:28  
Blogger istanbultory said...

Your Grace, I have posted very similar views at my own blog.In the current politically correct climate, there's no way the CPS or the Police were going to proceed with a prosecution. Whether we like it or not. Again the Evangelicals led the charge and fought the good fight.....

18 October 2006 at 20:55  
Blogger Neil Reddin said...

I would not doubt your Grace's accuracy in reporting the points about Muslim Islamophobia. However, this particular angle has failed to play any part in the reports I have heard from the BBC.

And the BBC are never wrong.

18 October 2006 at 21:59  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Kris,

Welcome to Cranmer's blog, and thank you for your comments.

His Grace is profoundly saddened to hear of your experiences, and rejoices in your stoical fortitude. It is only through this medium that the truth on these matters is becoming known at all, and he has no doubt of the immense contribution being made by Christian bloggers of all denominations towards the wider permeation of the truth about the 'cultural relativism' of which you speak. Blessings on you.

Mr Istanbultory,

It comes as no surprise at all to hear that you have posted 'very similar views' on your own blog. Along with Mr Croydonian, His Grace greatly admires your eloquence and evident learning, and prays sincere blessings on your religio-political efforts in the Mohammedan land of the Turk.

18 October 2006 at 22:05  
Blogger istanbultory said...

His Grace's venerable blog is a beacon of moral rectitude in a world consumed by secularism and moral relativism.

19 October 2006 at 06:28  
Blogger Peter Hitchens said...

pink Truncheon.
most of the Anglican Clergy are poofs
That may be a slight exaggeration, I watch Emmerdale and all the Anglican clergy on that programme are all very keen on a bit of skirt, granted they do quite a bit of agonising about it, however, they are not poofs.
Can your Grace get ITV, or does the Hevenly Father restrict you to the internet?
If you do have access to television I highly reccomend Emmerdale, a soap opera set in a Yorkshire village full of sinners who could sorely benefit from a good dose of muscular Christianity.

19 October 2006 at 13:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I highly reccomend Emmerdale, a soap opera set in a Yorkshire village

No it is not. It is filmed on a fake set on the Harewood has not been filmed in a real Yorkshire village for years

19 October 2006 at 13:28  
Blogger Peter Hitchens said...

the clue was in the phrase "soap opera" I didnt say it was real village.
Harewood was last time I looked in yorkshire, just outside Harrogate.
It was also a "joke"

19 October 2006 at 14:25  
Blogger shergar said...

Thanks to His Grace for taking the time to fight a small battle against the authoritarian PC steamroller.

Now to descend back down to my usual level, the gutter, I would have thought that RC priests take the biscuit, so to speak, for crimes that dare not speak their name?

19 October 2006 at 18:27  
Blogger Peter Hitchens said...

Come off it shergar,
for you the gutter is more of an aspiration rather than a dwelling place.
I should know (+:

19 October 2006 at 20:21  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I would have thought that RC priests take the biscuit

ALL, and every single one without exception ?

You don'r fear being absurd with such a sweepng generalisation you cannot prove ?

20 October 2006 at 08:30  
Blogger Joe Otten said...

Ahem, Cranmer, what crime are you talking about? Having an ad rejected by the ASA is not a crime.

20 October 2006 at 09:53  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Joe Otten,

Welcome to His Grace's blog, and thank you for you comment.

The 'crime' is, of course, non-existent; that was His Grace's point, if one had traced previous comment upon the matter. The fact the the Government's proposal to make expressions against faith a criminal offence was defeated in the Lords means that you are correct in pointing out this is not a crime, per se. However, according to the Government, the incitement to religious hatred remains a theoretical crime at least equivalent to the incitement against homosexuals. Prosecutions for the latter are numerous; for the former they are non-existent.

20 October 2006 at 19:55  
Anonymous Ulster Man said...

'Faith crime' is also in inverted commas, Joe, so it's not literal!

21 October 2006 at 12:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but it is worth pointing our Joe Otten that should a depiction of The Koran have been inserted in the above defamatory advert it is most probable that timid police officers would be asking "the Muslim Community" for assistance in explaining why those who commissioned it had their heads hanging off...............which would have rather proven a point

21 October 2006 at 16:25  
Anonymous religion of pieces said...

Yes, the Koran would have been mosre appropriate:

21 October 2006 at 22:10  
Blogger Joe Otten said...

I think when you come from a mostly (historically at least) christian society, then using the Bible rather than the Koran as your default example makes sense.

Using the bible says to society, this is our problem, we must deal with it. Using the Koran suggests that it is a problem of some other minority: aren't they problematic?

You see how the messages differ, and how the latter is more likely to contribute to the general hysteria on all sides over Islam.

It is true that many people are afraid of criticising Islam; the existence of this fear is well known and reflects badly on Islam.

What I find quite worrying is when a Christian seems to envy this state of fear.

23 October 2006 at 20:33  
Anonymous Voyager said...

but The Koran is a political manifesto - the Bible is not

27 October 2006 at 07:35  

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