LA Mentioned in The Guardian Diary, 26th August 2013 (Alan Clifford and Freedom of Speech)

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LA Mentioned in The Guardian Diary,
26th August 2013
(Alan Clifford and Freedom of Speech)

Howls of pain from the Libertarian Alliance, which struggles to understand the predicament now suffered by the controversial Suffolk theologian Dr Alan Clifford. He’s awaiting a decision from the Crown Prosecution Service as to whether he committed a hate crime. All he did, they say, was circulate an emailed leaflet with the heading “Christ Can Cure – Good News for Gays”. This came to the attention of the chair of Norwich gay pride, who reported it to the police. Inexplicable really. And unfortunate that Dr Clifford should be the target, for it is continually said that lightning doesn’t strike twice. Last year he was banned from preaching his gospel on council premises when it came to light that he was the author of such pieces as “Muslims need rescuing from Islam”, and “Why the West Must Shun Islam”. An unlucky fellow, obviously. Seeking only to help.