By Bryan Fischer
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“A hate crime is usually defined by state law as one that involves threats, harassment, or physical harm and is motivated by prejudice against someone's race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability.” - USLegal.com
If facing harassment because others have prejudice against your religion is a hate crime, then Dr. Richard Scott of the U.K. is the latest victim of the P.C. police.
He is facing an official sanction from the professional medical body in England, the General Medical Council (GMC) for having the effrontery to suggest to a patient that nurturing his spiritual life might be one part of a holistic course of treatment.
It makes no difference to the Tolerance Nazis that study after study has shown the beneficial health effects of faith in God and prayer, or that Dr. Scott only broached the subject with this patient after a lengthy consultation, and after medical checks had been performed and referrals for further care were arranged.
Nope, the Torquemadas of the left want to put Dr. Scott on the rack and punish him despite his unblemished 28-year record and despite the fact the patient in question is still seeking care at his clinic and so himself is apparently not criminally offended in the least.
The subject of faith only came up after the consultation revealed that the various interventions the patient had tried had failed, and only after Dr. Scott received permission from the patient to discuss faith in Christ.
Says Dr. Scott, "I only discussed mutual faith after obtaining the patient's permission. In our conversation, I said that, personally, I had found having faith in Jesus helped me and could help the patient. At no time did the patient indicate that they were offended, or that they wanted to stop the discussion. If that had been the case, I would have immediately ended the conversation.”
And get this. The patient is not even the one complaining. It’s his Mom who’s out to perpetrate this hate crime, despite the fact that leaflets and message boards produced by this doctor’s practice publicize the Christian faith of the doctors and invite patients to discuss Christian beliefs with them.
What, she’s offended that they actually practice what they preach?
It once was said of the Puritans that they were afraid that somebody, somewhere, might be having fun. Well, secular fundamentalists are afraid that someone, somewhere might be exercising his freedom of religion, and they will commit hate crimes to put a stop to that nonsense.
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