Threat of Condemnation for "Harassment" for Having Offered Information on Homosexuality
Country: United Kingdom
Date of incident: October 7, 2010
Category: Government Restrictions
Attack against: Morals
Area of case: Governmental / Private / Workplace
Following a display of information on homosexuality, British Chaplain Thomas Yap was threatened that any speech or teaching that he gave within the University about unwanted same-sex attractions will be deemed as harassment resulting in staff disciplinary action if he contravened harassment legislation.
In 2009, the Reverend, Christian Chaplain at the University of Colchester in the United Kingdom was accused of harassment for offering within the confines the Chaplaincy Library books and multi-media materials on the issue of same-sex attractions from a Christian worldview. There were no specific publicity or fanfare about the provision of the books except within the Chaplaincy membership nor were they displayed outside the Chaplaincy area. Within a week, the Equality and Diversity Unit of the University contacted him in person and demanded that all such materials be removed because they were deemed as harassment following one complaint. He was accused of putting out “offensive display; offensive in the eyes of the complainant”. In addition, he was threatened that any speech or teaching that he gave within the University about unwanted same-sex attractions will be deemed as harassment resulting in staff disciplinary action if he contravened harassment legislation. The Rev. Yap had to hire a Barrister to protect his right to free speech. The case is still on file, and could at any time be reactivated.