A Christian who produced a video defending the Bible’s teaching about sexual ethics has been reported to the police for committing a ‘hate crime’.
The video was uploaded to YouTube by Ben John of Christian Concern. In it, he questions the Church of England’s controversial set of resources, Living in Love and Faith.
But URC Minister Alex Clare-Young, a woman who now lives as a man, complained to North Yorkshire police about the content of John’s video.
According to The Times newspaper, a spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed it was investigating the matter as a hate crime.
John had been responding to the promotional trailer for the Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith project, which has been highly controversial.
The project has produced a set of resources which it says will be ‘part of discerning a way forward for the Church of England in relation to matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage’.
A trailer for the project features a transgender minister of the United Reformed Church, Alex Clare-Young. She was also part of the group which steered the project.
But Ben John produced his own video responding to the trailer, describing transgenderism as a ‘false ideology’ which the Church of England had already ‘welcomed and endorsed’.
In a reference to Clare-Young’s relationship with another woman, John said, ‘In reality, if transgenderism is a false ideology, which it is, then what we’re actually seeing here is a lesbian couple. This man isn’t really a man. She’s a woman.’
John also suggested that the couple’s inclusion in the promotional video by the Church of England was ‘openly promoting sexual immorality’, and he questioned whether the church should be ordaining transgender clergy.
Clare-Young told The Times, ‘I’m not trying to exclude people who identify as conservative evangelicals with a traditional view of Scripture.
‘I don’t want anyone to be excluded, but neither do I want anyone to exclude me. I felt that [his comments] were leading to personal harm to myself, my wife, and the others in the video.’
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern, defended John’s comments and encouraged everyone to watch the video.
She said, ‘The video does not contain personal attacks and simply calls on the Church of England to uphold its biblical understanding of sex and gender.’
Mike Judge, editor