Following an alleged complaint about ‘insulting’ and ‘homophobic’ material, police in Blackpool visited Jamie Murray, owner of the Salt & Light Coffee House, a Christian-themed cafe, and demanded he stop displaying the ‘offensive’ Bible verses or risk being arrested:
The café has a TV mounted on the wall that displays verses of the Bible from a set of DVDs called the Watchword Bible.
The DVDs provide audio and text of the entire New Testament but the volume is turned down in the café.
Police told Mr Murray they had received a complaint about “insulting” and “homophobic” material being displayed in the café, although they did not tell him the specific texts relating to the complaint.
According to The Christian Institute, Mr Murray was told to stop displaying the Bible verses because it breached Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which forbids the display of offensive or insulting words.
He said: “I couldn’t believe the police were saying I can’t display the Bible. The officers were not very polite, in fact they were quite aggressive. It felt like an interrogation.
“I said ‘surely it isn’t a crime to show the Bible?’ But they said they had checked with their sergeant and insulting words are a breach of Section 5 of the Public Order Act. I was shocked.
“I’m not here to insult or offend anyone, but the Bible is the Bible. We’re always being told that we’re a tolerant and diverse nation. Yet the very thing that gave us those values – Christianity – is being sidelined.
…Spokesman Mike Judge criticised Lancashire Constabulary for its handling of the complaint. He believes their warning contravenes free speech and religious liberty.
“We’ve all seen the police stand by while extremist Muslims hold placards calling for infidels to be beheaded, but woe betides a Christian café displaying Bible texts,” he said.
“Yes, the Bible speaks about morality, of course it does. But the Bible isn’t hate speech. Disagreement isn’t hatred. If a café customer dislikes parts of the Bible, the right response is to take their custom elsewhere – not dial 999.”
Mr Murray stopped displaying the verses while he sought legal advice but has since started running the DVDs again after receiving assurances that displaying Bible verses in public is not a crime.
Sam Webster, solicitor-advocate with The Christian Institute, said there may be grounds for a legal action against the police for infringing Mr Murray’s rights to free speech and religious liberty.
If you believe your history books that Christian England was “oppressive,” wait until you start living in a Jewish England — then you’ll find out what brutal oppression really is.
Just ask the tens of millions of murdered Christians in Russia and the Ukraine.
The Jews now wielding power seem to be under the impression that the source of most “antisemitism” in the world today comes from the New Testament — and if they can just get rid of the New Testament — or at least the passages that depict them as they really are — antisemitism will magically disappear from the face of the earth.
Despite being a “semite” himself, Christ was clearly an unrepentant “antisemite” — and when He returns, we will know who He is because the Jews will, no doubt, accuse Him of being an “antisemite.”
Of course, they will all hope that Christ will be so ashamed by having these slurs showered upon Him that He will just go and hide in a corner for fear of losing His job — just as everyone is in today’s “England.”