Daily Mail online reported the situation of Mrs. Pauline Howe, a 67 year old pensioner in Norwich, England who was offended by the Gay Rights Parade in her town last summer.
The article started:
After Mrs. Howe had been distributing Christian leaflets at the parade, she was verbally bashed by some of the participants. So, she wrote a letter to City Council in no uncertain terms about her views as a Christian. She did not mince words.
After witnessing a gay pride march, committed Christian Pauline Howe wrote to the council to complain that the event had been allowed to go ahead.
But instead of a simple acknowledgement, she received a letter warning her she might be guilty of a hate crime and that the matter had been passed to police.
Two officers later turned up at the frightened grandmother's home and lectured her about her choice of words before telling her she would not be prosecuted.
The outcome of her letter was as follows:
But Mrs Howe told the Sunday Telegraph her comments were an expression of her beliefs, not homophobia. She received a response from the council's deputy chief executive, Bridget Buttinger, who said it was the local authority's 'duty... to eliminate discrimination of all kinds'.
She went on: 'The content of your letter has been assessed as potentially being hate related because of the views you expressed towards people of a certain sexual orientation.
'Your details and details of the contents of your letter have been recorded as such and passed to the police.'
How do you eliminate discrimination of all kinds? When people disagree about things, they display discrimination towards things they disagree with. You can only eliminate discrimination by a person or group by discriminating against that person or group. How's that work for ya?
One interesting note was this:
And homosexual equality pressure group Stonewall has branded the authorities' response ' disproportionate'.To paraphrase Satchmo:
I hear lefties cry, I watch them crow
They think they know more than I'll ever know
And I say to myself what a wacky world.