New “hate” laws are being considered to add to the Justice in Scotland Committee, which seriously harm Christians.
Through the country’s Ministry of Justice, a public consultation was requested to introduce new “hate crime” laws including certain characteristics such as belief in God and others.
Sexual orientation, religion, and transgender identity are some “characteristics” that are desired to be protected in the country, but the ministry wants to expand the laws so that preaching is seen as “an awakening of hatred.”
The Christian community of the country is on the alert because the approval of these measures would be a serious problem for them, since preaching could be restricted because it is considered an element that “incites problems.”
This bill does not include safeguards for the faith in places like England and Wales, making the measure even more dangerous because of the restrictions that could be placed on evangelists there. An example of this is Franklin Graham, who was vetoed in one of his crusades.
Claiming that they “study any behaviour considered as abusive”, they seek to capture what this produces even if it is within a controlled space such as a house. Christians claim that there is no longer protection for freedom of expression and worship.
“You can even commit a crime involuntarily in the privacy of your home. And there is not enough protection for freedom of expression,” said James Kelly of Scottish Labour for The Christian Institute.
“There is a significant divergence from similar law in England and Wales – where intent is required for a person to be criminalised for behaviour which another finds insulting,” he added.
“The language used in the Bill is so difficult to understand that it will be impossible for the man or woman in the street to know when the line is likely to be crossed,” said Thomas Ross for The Christian Institute.
The new form of expression represents a set of problems in which different sectors will not be able to express themselves freely.
“Even the terminology within these proposals is concerning, especially around the use of ‘insulting’ which is subjective and could cause serious legal confusion.”https://t.co/c79RLcTPtp
— The Christian Institute (@christianorguk) July 28, 2020