Persecution of Christians by homosexuals in UK

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There are many examples of the persecution of and bigotry toward Christians by homosexuals in the United Kingdom in recent times.

Barry Napier

In 2005, Barry Napier was working as a Senior Nursing Officer and clinical manager of a private health facility in Wales, and simultaneously Health Lecturer at a university. He had been in the job for fifteen years and was soon to become director of health research.

Napier was an expert on AIDS. In 1982-85 when the disease was only just identified and had as yet no name, he did a special research project into it and how the government was presenting it to the public. He became aware that there was huge reluctance to tell the truth about AIDS. The government was scared that if the full gravity of the situation became known, there would be attacks on homosexuals. The homosexuals were scared that if the gravity of the disaster were known, homosexuality would be re-criminalized. When it became clear that Napier was querying the official information released by the government and the health service, he was dismissed from his job and both copies of his research were destroyed.

In Spring 2005, Napier saw an article in the Nursing Standard, the journal of the Royal College of Nursing asserting that homosexuality was not a health problem and any way it was innate. Napier thought that this was not in line with what he had observed or with global research. He wrote a short letter to the journal disagreeing with the article. The journal printed his letter, titled "It Is Absurd To Claim That Homosexuality is Healthy."

I have studied homosexuality for the past 30 years, from psychological, psychiatric and theological perspectives. I am therefore surprised that one who is as qualified as Stephen Wright should get his ideas so wrong in his ‘Love is God’ article (‘Reflections’, August 10). Sexuality is not fixed, as he suggests, and nothing in the research literature confirms that it is. There are hypotheses aplenty. It is true that a small number of homosexuals are gay because of childhood influences. There are also rare anatomical reasons. But, mainly, people are gay by choice.
For Mr Wright to claim that homosexuality is ‘healthy’ is an absurdity, especially given the known dangers in male gay activities. When I first nursed homosexuals, the cause of their condition was not society’s attitude toward them, but their own inner knowledge that their choice was ‘against nature’.
I do not believe in castigating gay people, or that they can be changed by psychology. But nor do I accept that those with authority should spread bad research or propaganda, which only makes matters worse."

The following three editions of the journal contained many lengthy letters criticizing what Napier had written and denouncing him as "homophobic". Many of these letters came from members of the RCN's support Group for Gay and Lesbian People.[1]

The responses asserted that Napier was wrong but brought no evidence, beyond the repeated accusation that he was "homophobic".[2]

The story was repeated widely in the LGBT press, and Napier received about five separate attacks from homosexuals, including complaints to police, the Royal College of Nursing, the Nursing Council, and others.

Napier was bombarded with vitriolic abuse, some of it containing death threats. The death threats continued for some time, some saying "We know where you live". Homosexual activists made threats to his university. The university refused to talk about it because the activists told the college they would advise the funding committee of their health authority to stop students attending. Clearly, this was a large-scale LGBT bullying campaign orchestrated at a higher level, by ILGA and affiliated groups. The police took no steps against the bullying campaign.

The management confronted Bruce with articles he had written on his website criticizing attempts to prove that homosexuality was innate or genetic. He analyzed the evidence from a scientific point of view. This too was regarded as "Homophobia".

Napier was dismissed from his job in October 2005, on the charge of 'homophobia'.

The persecution did not stop there. Napier's wife, who worked at the same medical facility, was also dismissed. The stress brought on Alzheimer's disease, which she has suffered from ever since. They nearly lost their home because of this double victimization. Debts built up rapidly and took him many years to pay off. Napier's college lecturing contracts were never renewed. He was also forced out of the medical profession altogether.[3]

Gary McFarlane

A highly-qualified senior marriage guidance counsellor sacked from the Relate organisation for refusing to give advice to homosexual couples. He argued that this was discriminating against Christians but his legal case was rejected. The employers and court both ignored the point of view of a normal, heterosexual man who finds homosexuality morally wrong and repugnant. They ignored the wish of a councilor to refrain from advising people to persist in an unhealthy harmful practice and even ignored the likelihood that a heterosexual man would make an unsuitable counsellor for homosexuals.[4]

Adrian Smith

In 2012, Adrian Smith was a team leader at Trafford Housing Trust in Manchester, England, where he had worked for eighteen years. He was popular and dedicated seeing the job (of providing housing for those who would otherwise be homeless) as a vocational one. When he read in the press that churches might be forced to perform same-sex "marriages" he commented on his Facebook page that this was “an equality too far”. He had no objection to civil partnerships but did not think the state should interfere with matters of faith. He also questioned why those who did not believe in Christian doctrine would want to be married in a church. A lesbian colleague, Julia Stavordale, got access to his Facebook page, using the “friends of friends” facility, and reported him to the Trust, claiming his remark was a violation of their “diversity” policy. Smith was suspended and had to face an inquiry. The matter was publicized in LGBT networks, bringing in a spate of complaints, and demanding his dismissal from the job. The directors said what he had done was “gross misconduct”. and demoted him to a lesser position where his earnings were cut by 40%. His annual salary was reduced from £35,000 to £21,000 (about $26,000).

The decision meant that Smith's wife and two children were reduced to severe hardship. Smith appealed to a county judge but the court upheld the decision.[5] [6]

Svetlana Powell

A Christian teacher dismissed from her job in 2017 because of her religious views. Some students, probably aiming to entrap her, asked her to tell them her beliefs on homosexuality. She told a lesbian pupil "Jesus loves you" despite your behavior and this was seen as enough to sack her from the T2 Apprenticeship Academy, a government-funded pre-apprenticeship academy, in Bristol in July 2016. An employment tribunal has dismissed her appeal. Powell was also reported as a “radicalisation threat” to the government’s anti-terrorist watchdog, Prevent.[7]

Richard Page

A Christian magistrate removed from his position by the Lord Chancellor in March 2016 for saying that children do better with a mother and father. Page, who served as a magistrate for 15 years, was interviewed in March 205 by BBC reporter Caroline Wyatt as part of a debate about the marginalisation of Christians in public life. During the interview, he explained how he was disciplined the previous year after a court hearing where he could not agree with his colleagues that placing a child into the care of a same-sex couple would be in the child’s “best interests”. He told the BBC: “My responsibility as a magistrate, as I saw it, was to do what I considered best for the child, and my feeling was therefore that it would be better if it was a man and woman who were the adoptive parents.” He did not say that he was totally against all cases of same-sex adoption or intended to take children away from homosexual parents, only that where it was possible to give a child a mother and father, it was the best option from the point of view of the child. After the interview, his views were denounced to the Lord Chancellor, who used his powers to remove him. The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) confirmed that Page was removed from the magistracy for this reason. A statement from the JCIO said: “The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice found that Mr Page’s comments on national television would have caused a reasonable person to conclude he was biased and prejudiced against single-sex adopters”. It added that the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice “considered this to be serious misconduct which brought the magistracy into disrepute” (sic). Mr Page responded by calling the judgement ‘Illiberal and intolerant’. Reacting to the news, Mr Page said: “I am surprised that the Lord Chancellor should seemingly pander to the new political orthodoxy when what it amounts to is social experimentation on the lives of the most vulnerable children in our communities. To punish me and to seek to silence me for expressing a dissenting view is deeply shocking. It is vital the family law courts always have in mind the best interests of the children.” [8][9]

Mr and Mrs Bull

Peter and Hazelmary Bull ran Chymorvah, a guesthouse in Cornwall, in their own home. In 2011 they told a male homosexual couple that they could not rent them a double bedded room, as this was against their Christian principles. They only let such rooms to married couples. The Bulls' website stated that they only rented shared rooms to married couples but the two men who brought the prosecution, Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, who were not even in a civil partnership at the time, ignored the guidelines. They sued for "discrimination". The homosexual complainants got legal aid - the Bulls did not. The Bulls were found guilty, fined heavily, made to pay £3,600 compensation plus thousands of pounds in legal costs, and banned from advertising which soon destroyed their business. Not content with that, the homosexuals denounced the Bulls on social media and LGBT websites, with the result that the couple were inundated with hate-mail and death threats from homosexuals warning them their house would soon be burnt down. They were abused in gross terms all over the internet, and made out to be monsters. People vandalized their house, abused them on travel websites and somebody nailed a dead rabbit to their front door. Police never traced or prosecuted anybody for harassment.

The inequity of this treatment under the law is apparent from the fact that there are hundreds of guesthouses all over the UK that are limited to homosexuals only, indeed there are special websites set up for them, and they are allowed to advertise freely. One of them, called Chymorgan, in Botallock, Cornwall, is less than a mile from Chymorvah, in Marazion. It is run by a lesbian couple, Brigitte and Alixx, whose website says plainly that they are a "LESBIAN guesthouse" for "WOMEN ONLY".[10][11]

In 2013, Christian activists tried to rent a room there for a heterosexual couple, and were refused, on the grounds that it was for lesbians only. They complained to the Equality and Human Rights Commission and asked for legal aid to bring a prosecution, but were refused. There are 23 other homosexual B&Bs in Cornwall listed on one website. No such establishment has ever been prosecuted for "discrimination". [12][13] The verdict was queried by the group Christians in Parliament who protested about the demands of homosexuals taking precedence over the traditional rights of Christians.[14]

Wilkinsons

Christians Mike and Susanne Wilkinson were running a bed and breakfast business in their home near Reading, Berkshire, until they were driven out of business in 2012 for the same reasons as the Bulls. When denounced on a LGBT website, they said “hundreds of emails an hour” came in from around the world, as well as phone calls and texts – some which were “very sexually explicit” and messages threatening to ‘come and get them’. “One was hand-delivered and handwritten in capitals and said ‘I am coming to burn your house down’ and then lots of filthy words about what they thought of us.” Curiously, the police, despite searching through thousands of messages, were unable to track down any of the senders. When the case came to court, the Wilkinsons lost and had to pay damages and costs on top of all the loss they had already suffered. Abused on travel websites, their business tanked.

James Dingemans QC, representing Mrs Wilkinson, said it was against his client’s beliefs for unmarried people to share a bed under her roof, adding: “This is protected by the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.” However the court rejected these arguments.[15][16]

Christina Summers

City councillor for the Green Party in Brighton and Hove, she was expelled from the party in 2012 for refusing to support same-sex marriage.[17] She was also subjected to the most vitriolic abuse by the BBC and LGBT websites, which branded her "homophobic", a "bigot" and accused her over and over again of "hatred" and "intolerance".[18] Mrs Summers said she felt "let down" by the Church of England that did not "argue the Christian corner" and defend her. In the same year a ComRes poll in the UK found that by 70% to 22% there was agreement that "Marriage should continue to be defined as a life-long exclusive commitment between a man and a woman." [19]

Harry Hammond

Harry Hammond was a retired autistic man, aged 69, who paraded in Bournemouth town center with a placard telling people that Jesus loves them and they should repent of sins including homosexuality. In October 2001 he was attacked violently by a crowd of forty homosexual activists, who were not arrested by the police. Instead Hammond was charged with an offence against Public Order, convicted and given a massive fine. Straight afterwards, he was taken to hospital where he died. See Harry Hammond. [20]

See also

References

  1. Platzer, Hazel. "Homophobia is harmful to the patients in our care." Nursing Standard, vol. 19, no. 51, 2005, p.38. Support group for lesbian and gay people, Nursing Standard ...https://www.deepdyve.com/.../support-group-for-lesbian-and-gay-people-RPWkqeFel...
  2. Does Napier really think being gay is a lifestyle choice? - RCNi https://journals.rcni.com/doi/pdfplus/10.7748/ns.19.52.38.s49 by D Wilkinson - ‎2005.
  3. https://gaybullyingitisreal.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/lesbian-fanatic-hazel-platzer-bullied-medical-researcher-out-of-his-job/
  4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/8651417.stm
  5. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2052319/Adrian-Smith-demoted-backing-gay-marriage-criticising-new-law-Facebook.html
  6. http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=09b50bf032ab47d3992863a44&id=452482b4b4&e=460ea11ddf
  7. https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Judge-rules-against-Christian-teacher-sacked-for-saying-God-loves-you-to-lesbian-pupil
  8. http://www.christian.org.uk/news/jp-sacked-for-saying-mum-and-dad-best-to-adopt-kids/?e110316
  9. JP sacked for voicing his views against same-sex adoption bbc.co.uk, 10 March 2016
  10. https://lesbianaccommodation.co.uk/chymorgen-womens-guesthouse-botallack-st-just-cornwall-england-2/
  11. https://lesbianaccommodation.co.uk/tag/lesbian-cornwall/
  12. https://pinkuk.com/venues/bandb/
  13. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10320111/Christian-BandB-owners-Hazelmary-and-Peter-Bull-forced-to-sell-up.html
  14. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9105996/Britain-failing-to-stand-up-for-Christians-say-MPs.html
  15. http://www.christian.org.uk/news/christian-bb-owners-tell-of-torrent-of-hateful-messages/
  16. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9549005/Gay-couple-sue-BandB-owner-for-refusing-them-double-room.html
  17. http://www.theway.co.uk/news-8952-christian-councillor-gets-the-sack-over-gay-marriage
  18. http://www.lrcyouth.org.uk/green-councillor-joins-campaign-against-same-sex-marriage/
  19. http://conservativehome.blogs.com/localgovernment/2012/09/green-party-councillor-expelled-for-opposition-to-gay-marriage.html
  20. https://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/12/englands-repressive-tolerance