Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Footnote to the Miguel Hayworth story

Interestingly enough, the police chief of Greater Manchester, Mr. Peter Fahy, who has been written to by the Christian Legal Centre, is no stranger to controversy in these matters.

In 2003, the police questioned the Bishop of Chester, the Right Rev Dr Peter Forster, after Dr Forster was quoted as saying "Some people who are primarily homosexual can reorientate themselves. I would encourage them to consider that as an option, but I would not set myself up as a medical specialist on the subject - that's in the area of psychiatric health."

Mr. Fahy, at that time Chief Constable of Cheshire, afterwards was highly critical of Dr. Forster, saying,
"Cheshire Police, day in, day out, deals with offences against members of minority communities which are generated by hate and prejudice. I think all public leaders need to make sure that comments they make are balanced by that need for all of us to be giving clear leadership on this issue and to make sure that vulnerable groups are protected and that people have an awareness of the needs and the backgrounds of all these various groups.

He has got his own personal view and I'm sure his comments are based on very strong personal religious conviction. But I do think we need to remind ourselves how this translates."

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