Scottish anti-hate campaign slammed for ‘fanning religious hatred’

Scottish anti-hate campaign slammed for ‘fanning religious hatred’ October 14, 2018

Posters – and a video – created by the Scottish government to combat hate crime are being interpreted as an attack on the religious.

Among those accusing the government of generating hatred towards Scottish faith-heads include the Reverent David Robertson of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee.

Reverent David Robertson

He said:

It is an absolute contradiction – a poster that is supposed to be against hatred that then encourages hatred. I showed my congregation the poster and they couldn’t believe it. It’s basically a poster that says if you are religious then you are a bigot.

The campaign makes clear that Scotland has will not tolerate bigots, racists, homophobes and transphobes, and encourages people to report hate crimes.

Robertson said he reported the campaign’s posters for “fanning religious hatred.”

Meanwhile the international Christian ministry the Barnabas Fund has called on the government to withdraw the posters because they “promote anti-Christian prejudice.”

One campaign message states:

Division seems to be what you believe in. We don’t want your religious hate on our buses, on our streets and in our communities. We don’t want you spreading your intolerance. Or making people’s lives a misery because of their religious dress. You may not have faith in respect and love, but we do. That’s why if we see or hear your hate, we’re reporting you. End of sermon.

Another states:

You can’t spread your religious hate here. End of sermon.

Yet another says:

Do you think it’s right to harass people in the street? Right to push transgender people around in clubs? Right to humiliate, intimidate and threaten them online? Well, we don’t. That’s why if we see you doing harm, we’re reporting you. We believe people should be allowed to be themselves. Except if they’re spreading hate.

Barnabas said the posters are a form of “state-sponsored hatred” that unfairly targets members of the Christian faith.

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  • Götterdämmerung

    Every time somebody says that religiously inspired discrimination is wrong the religious start complaining that they are being discriminated against because they can’t discriminate; I’ve been accused of being an anti-religious bigot because of this.

  • heleninedinburgh

    Whiny little knob.

  • heleninedinburgh

    It’s like that ‘Why can’t you tolerate my intolerance?’ wank. They have to find some way to be persecuted and victimised.

  • kaydenpat

    Saying that religious-based bigotry isn’t welcome isn’t the same as saying that religious people aren’t welcome. This concept isn’t difficult to understand.

  • epeeist

    Robertson is a “wee free” who used to post on the Richard Dawkins web site many years back. He wasn’t the nicest of people then and I see no reason to suppose he has changed.

  • Who is willing to bet that these whiners would go on about how terrible Islam is concerning stories of persecution of Christians in the dar al-Islam? How would they respond if you called them Islamophobes?

    Is it just me, or do they want preferential treatment?

    Also note: conservative Islam also doesn’t believe in homosexuality, and, from what I hear of Europe, folks will say something about that, and Salafis will be called out as well. (Any Scots here, please correct me if I am wrong, as I am basing it on stories I have heard, and I have yet to leave USA.)

    Thus, the idea Christians are targeted is bogus.

  • Raging Bee

    That’s Kirthropologist’s entire schtick, underneath all the fake reasoning.

  • Broga

    I am told that it is unacceptable to be critical of religious people. However it is entirely acceptable, it seems, for them to consign atheists to hell.

  • WallofSleep

    “Barnabas said the posters are a form of “state-sponsored hatred” that unfairly targets members of the Christian faith.”

  • Jim Jones

    Taking a cue from Caribou Barbie:

    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has a history of invoking the principle of “free speech” at odd times. Here she is in October 2008 during a radio interview:

        If they convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations, then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.

    In response, Glenn Greenwald noted at the time: “The First Amendment is actually not that complicated. It can be read from start to finish in about 10 seconds. It bars the Government from abridging free speech rights. It doesn’t have anything to do with whether you’re free to say things without being criticized, or whether you can comment on blogs without being edited, or whether people can bar you from their private planes because they don’t like what you’ve said.”

  • Jim Jones

    > Barnabas said the posters are a form of “state-sponsored hatred” that unfairly targets members of the Christian faith.

    “Don’t force ME to be like Jesus. That’s evil”.

  • Alexis Dawn O’Cady

    Well, yanno, that’s Gawd’s rules, not theirs. Don’t shoot the messenger or whatever. Never mind that if an atheist walks around telling every religious person they meet that there is no heaven or hell and when they die all that happens is they decompose, that person is an evil anti-religious terrorist.

  • Dennis Lurvey

    The laws of this country allow unlimited belief in whatever bat shit crazy stuff you want. Courts are not allowed to have an opinion on what constitutes a religion and what does not. But actions, or exercise of religion has limits in the law. No plural marriage, no illegal drug use in rituals, no child sacrifice, no animal sacrifice, no throwing people out of your business because they are gay, no not renting to someone, no not hiring someone or firing them because they are gay or because of their beliefs. The old saying your free exercise stops at my nose.

    In Texas this week a group has filed suite to allow them to discriminate against gays in hiring because of their religion. 13 attorneys general have asked a court to allow them to do the same. Jeff Sessions has intervened in several court cases to insure gays have no rights. Their fight against birth control was as hostile as their fight against abortion is now and that fight is still being fought in courts all over the country.

    What they (the bigots) want is biblical law in america and they are not bashful about it. They aren’t against roe wade because there is no right to privacy, they are against it because it rejects their religion. Gay marriage rejects biblical teachings. Masterbation (Cruz’s cause) is against biblical teachings. Now they have a majority in the supreme court that also wants biblical law.


  • Someone makes a statement that hate is unwelcome – and the christians automatically assume it’s about them particularly. Hmmm…

  • Jack McMillan

    I wonder if the Scottish government’s anti-hate campaign includes hatred coming from Islam? Or do they get a free pass because “islamophobia” is such a big thing? Not all bigots are Christians, you know.

  • S. Arch

    So, basically, the people complaining about the ad are admitting that they are bigots/racists/homophobes/etc., and they just don’t want to be called out as such.

  • Jac Defauwes

    It is if you know you have the God-given right or duty to foist your delusions on other people. Showing contempt or indifference must be an abomination!

  • Jac Defauwes

    Hook, line and sinker.

  • Jim Kitcat

    Bit of a giveaway if they’re complaining it targets Christianity, no specific religion was mentioned in what I saw, or are they admitting all these behaviours are specific to Christianity?
    I’d say Islam is equally capable of the bigotry mentioned; do Christians want to claim exclusive rights on that?

  • David Cromie

    By their outcry, these religiots seem to have realised, subconsciously, that they are the major source of hatred, homophobia, and bigotry, etc., in the world, yet they do not realise it. How ironic!

    Infamy, infamy, the brainless religiot cries, they all have it in for me! Isn’t imagined persecution wonderful. Where would christers be without it?

  • DingoJack

    “Hook, line and sinker sucker*”.
    * or even stinker

  • DingoJack

    ‘Living in a drizzly kirk of his own imagining’.

  • Mike brady

    Jesus Loves you

  • DingoJack

    Luke 12:49-53

    49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
    50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
    51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
    52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
    53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

    Ah yes feel the luuuurve!

  • Mike brady

    What do you think that means?

  • Nick G

    I wonder if the Scottish government’s anti-hate campaign includes hatred coming from Islam?

    Since it is aimed at hatred, including religiously-inspired hatred, but does not mention any specific religion as either included or excluded, the obvious answer is: “Yes, it does”. Do you have any evidence to the contrary?