Christian Woman Investigated by Police on Grounds of Her Views

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: November 2, 2009

Christian woman of Norwich complained about a gay pride march in letter to police upon which she was investigated on hate crime.

Pauline Howe, 67, wrote the letter to Norwich city council to complain about a gay pride march she saw. In the letter, she wrote inter alia that homosexuality had "contributed to the downfall of every empire" and was a major cause of sexually transmitted diseases. In reply, she received a warning from Bridget Buttinger, the council's deputy chief executive, that she could face charges for hate crime. As "pinknews" reported, Buttinger wrote: "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." The council then passed Howe's details to the police and she was interviewed at her home by two officers who later decided that no crime had been committed. Howe said that she was merely expressing her Christian beliefs.