British "Values Monitor" Says Opposing Homosexuality Could Be a Crime

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: September 18, 2015

Voicing criticism of homosexuality “might be breaking the law”, a British values monitor claimed.

According to The Christian Institute:
Polly Harrow, Head of Safeguarding and Prevent at Kirklees College in Huddersfield, made the comments on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in a report on the Government’s counter-extremism policy. Prevent is a part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.
Harrow was asked by the BBC’s Sima Kotecha whether a Muslim who believes that homosexuality is wrong should be accepted.
She replied: “If that’s what you think and that’s what you believe and you want to hold that in your head, that is your business and your right but bear in mind that if you speak it out loud you might be breaking the law.”
She says the British values strategy is seeking “not just tolerance but acceptance of difference and others”.

The counter-extremism strategy includes plans for Extremism Disruption Orders, which have come under fire over serious concerns about a clampdown on freedom of expression.

Conservative MP David Davis has warned that restricting free speech could further alienate people, while The Daily Telegraph has said the Government should be careful not to water down “our most precious value, freedom of expression”.

Earlier this week the Government watchdog on terrorism said the “liberties of every citizen are potentially affected” by the plans.

David Anderson QC noted that the current broad definition of extremism could lead to state investigation of the “exercise of core democratic freedoms by large numbers of law-abiding people”.