Pastor Josh Williamson

By Andrew Halloway

When a Cornish pastor reported threats to burn his church down, instead of trying to find the culprits, Devon and Cornwall Police told him not to offend the gay community.

A screenshot of the threats to burn his church down. (Christian Concern)

Pastor Josh Williamson of Newquay Baptist Church was vilified online by activists after he posted a Facebook entry welcoming the cancellation of a gay pride event.

Williamson met with organisers of the event to explain his views, but the abuse continued. Some threatened violence, including setting fire to his church – which often has families and children in it.

The police did not believe that the church would be attacked, and warned him not to post comments that may be considered a hate crime.

Andrea Williams of the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting Williamson, said: “Police forces should show Christians they take this seriously by protecting their free speech against mob threats, rather than by seeking to keep Christians quiet.”

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