Now I am not a fan of religion and I believe that all preaching should be banned, along with religion, but I was still quite taken aback by this story:
Two Christians claim a police community support officer told them to stop leafleting in an area of east Birmingham where many Muslims live.
Much as I dislike religion, even I have to acknowledge that this is a Christian country, after all some 70% of people in the UK consider themselves to be Christian. So if any religion has the right to preach anywhere on the streets of Britain, it is Christians, and god knows, they usually do.
What makes this interesting is that it appears that they made the mistake of preaching in a Muslim area, otherwise known as a no go area for whites.
It wasn’t the locals that warned off the Christians though, but a Muslim police officer. He told them that they were committing a hate crime and said:
“If you come back here and get beat up, well you have been warned.”
He may have had a point, Asian youths in Muslims areas have targeted priests before. But if he was a community support officer and that was his community, he should have remained with them to ensure no harm came to them, rather than falsely accusing them of a serious crime.
Or perhaps he believes that, as a Muslim community support officer in a Muslim area, he only has to look after Muslims?