Dundee minister reports anti-hate crime campaign – for hate crimes

Oct 8, 2018 by

By Scott Milne, The Courier.

A Dundee minister has claimed a new campaign by the Scottish Government and Police Scotland is fanning hatred against religion.

David Robertson, minister of St Peter’s Free Church, said he was “personally offended” after seeing posters in the Dear Haters series.

He has contacted Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf about one particular example.

The poster reads: “Dear Bigots, you can’t spread your religious hatred here. End of sermon. Yours, Scotland.”

Mr Robertson used the campaign’s own website to report it as a hate crime.

The campaign, a joint venture between the government and police, encourages victims of hate crime to report their experiences. Other posters in the series target homophobes, racists and transphobes.

Mr Robertson said: “If you were to replace the word religious with Jewish or Muslim or Christian then it would be considered outrageous, but the meaning doesn’t actually change.

“It’s poorly worded and it is not very subtle. For example, the font used is similar to ones used in a lot of religious texts. It’s seeding an anti-religious narrative.”

Mr Robertson said he was personally offended by the poster and knew a number of people who shared his concerns.

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