After a briefly overheard radio interview with the current head of the CPS, I was left feeling very concerned. As one can see from the comments below that I have found about that interview since, and about the role that the CPS see themselves as having, we are entering a new era for sincere Christians and for Bible preachers.
‘Hate crime’ is defined by the CPS as a criminal offence . . . perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on a person’s disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; or religion or perceived religion; or sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.
In order to treat a crime as a hate crime for the purposes of investigation, there is no need for evidence to prove the aggravating element.
Crown Prosecution Service
Any online comment made by a Christian supporting Biblical teaching on morality can, under the above definitions, be regarded as a criminal act if someone so wishes. Indeed, this very comment might be taken by someone somewhere to be a ‘hostile or prejudiced’ attack on their chosen lifestyle. We cannot be far away, either, from the more aggressive amongst those opposed to Biblical teaching deliberately attending Sunday worship services in order to find comments made in sermons, church notices, and newsletters that they perceive as a ‘Hate Crime’.
Not only must we pray for our preachers, that they will continue to speak the ‘full-orbed gospel’, and that the Lord will embolden and strengthen them in their task – but we must also pray for those who seek to shut down the speaking of biblical truth. They are lost without the Lord, and with their thinking as they do our nation will continue to head down a dark and dismal path. We should also pray for ourselves, for the same challenge approaches all of us, that we will trust the Holy Spirit to place in our mouths the words we need should it confront us.
And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. (Luke 12:11-12)