Here’s another case of the British police “investigating” someone for making mildly anti-gay comments:
Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council complaining at their bid to promote awareness of gay issues.
The devout Christians said the council was “pandering” to minority groups and said they felt discriminated against.
Police questioned the couple but decided no crime had been committed…
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “As a matter of routine, a police officer attended an address in Fleetwood to make further inquiries and to establish whether any crime had been or was likely to be committed.
“As a result of those inquiries, words of suitable advice were given and we will not be taking any further action.
“Hate crime is a very serious matter and all allegations must be investigated thoroughly.”
A council spokeswoman added: “We received a telephone call and letter from Mr and Mrs Roberts.
“Some of the wording in the letter was clearly inappropriate and so it was decided to consult the police on suitable action.”
Suitable action would be for the police to stay out of it. They expressed an opinion, one I happen to disagree with completely, but that is absolutely within their rights. If you aren’t bothered by this sort of thing, change the facts around slightly and see how you feel. Imagine the police “investigating thoroughly” the “very serious matter” of someone criticizing a religious viewpoint or a political one. There is no difference – freedom of speech and freedom of thought are not dependent on whether one likes the content.