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MEP Atkinson: Kent magistrate struck off for hate crime is against his Christian human rights

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10th March 2016
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Janice Atkinson MEP, reacts to Mr Richard Page, a Kent magistrate and Christian from Headcorn, who has been struck off for comments he made against gay adoption.

She said: ‘ I am a defender of freedom of speech and thought. I am not against gay marriage, nor gay adoption, nor do I have any faith myself, but I will defend Mr Page’s Christianity and others’ religious views as they are guided by their beliefs and thousands of years of doctrine, not by the pernicious thought police who now run our institutions.

‘This is a direct result of the Blair years, when he and his lawyer wife, pushed through the Human Rights Act, which included a clause about hate crime.

‘This is also firmly the view of the EU and its institutions. I sit on the gender committee that pushes through legislation to recognise 60 types of gender and shuts down debate that puts an alternative family or religious view. This is against Mr Page’s human rights as a Christian. At a time when we are pushing for more Muslim integration and being asked to take further Muslim migrants, I wonder whether the same judgement would be issued against them if they sat as magistrates?’

Editors’ notes:

In 2014 the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice issued Mr Page with a reprimand after finding that during a Family Court hearing he had allowed himself to be influenced by his religious beliefs and not by the evidence.

At the time of the initial complaint the Ministry of Justice confirmed it does not ask magistrates to state their religion when they apply

Magistrate Richard Page struck off after gay parent comments on national television

Magistrate Richard Page struck off after gay parent comm…

A magistrate has been struck off after making controversial comments about same-sex parents on national television.

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