Police get ordered not to interfere in arguments over same-sex marriage

March 14, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Police in the United Kingdom, who has been at the forefront of the global LGBT movement to make criminals out of anyone who disagrees with the ideology, are being told to back off.

A report from the Christian Institute has explained that new instructions are being developed by the government that explains everyone should be able to engage in "lawful debate" on issues like same-sex marriage and biological sex.

No "police interference" is needed there.

The institute reports, "In a new code of practice on non-crime hate incidents (NCHI) laid before Parliament … the government made clear that causing offense is not enough to warrant the police including someone’s personal details in an NCHI."

The new code, as proposed, notes any censorship or "interference with a person’s 'right to freedom of expression needs to be 'proportionate and necessary.'"

The move follows a Court of Appeal decision in 2021 that backed Harry Miller. He had been logged into government records because someone complained that a social media statement he posted was "transphobic."

But the ruling from the court was that those measures unlawfully interfered with free speech.

The new code, still a draft, supports "College of Policing measures introduced after Miller’s court victory, and confirms 'strongly held views' do not, by themselves, 'amount to a criminal offense.'"

Now the plan is to have a person's "personal data" recorded by police only if the situation "presents a real risk of significant harm to individuals or groups," or, in essence, a threat.

The institute reported Home Secretary Suella Braverman explained the work of police officers never must include "politically correct distractions."

"People are perfectly entitled to say things about politics, gender, and religion that others find offensive. Disagreement is not incitement, and nor is irreverence or mockery," she explained.

Also, Stephen Watson, the chief constable for Greater Manchester Police, explained, "It is not automatically unlawful to say or do things which can be unpleasant, hurtful, distasteful or offensive."

The controversy has been surging since 2005 when Joe and Helen Roberts were grilled by police for an hour because they complained to their local government about its promotions of "gay rights."

Police then accused a couple of a "hate crime."

It took legal action on the behalf of the couple for the police and government officials to apologize to them.

According to a report in the Express, Braverman is pushing for new rules that set as a priority for police paying attention to "serious offenses," not "social media."

She said, "It is only common sense that their focus must remain on catching dangerous criminals and bringing them to justice, not getting embroiled in a political debate where no laws are being broken."

When Miller's case was being fought in the courts, High Court Justice Julian Knowles "found the police probe was unlawful, adding Britain had never been 'an Orwellian society' with a Stasi or Gestapo,'" the report said.

The new priorities are part of an overall plan to pursue "common sense policing," officials reported.

The Express pointed out, "Earlier this month, prosecutors told the Home Affairs select committee that police only spend the equivalent of one day a week fighting crime and the rest of their time goes on safeguarding, crime prevention, and other work.

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