Christian couple face losing hotel after criminal charges for offending Muslim woman

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Christian couple face losing hotel after criminal charges for offending Muslim woman

Religion News Blog frequently highlights reports on religious persecution and other forms of human rights violations.

Seldom do such reports come from civilized countries, but when they do more often than not the underlying cause is the extremely warped idiocy known as political correctness.

Such is the case with this story from England, a country disproportionally affected with that particular disease:

A Christian Couple face losing their livelihood after being charged with a criminal offence for offending a Muslim woman by saying that Islamic dress is oppressive.

Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang are awaiting trial accused of breaching public order by insulting a guest at their hotel in Aintree, Liverpool, about her religion.

The couple, who are members of an evangelical congregation, were arrested by police after getting into a discussion with the woman about the differences between Christianity and Islam earlier this year.


Mrs Vogelenzang, 54, is understood to have described Muslim dress as putting women into “bondage” while her husband, 53, allegedly described the Prophet Mohammed as a “warlord”.

The Christian Institute, which is funding the Vogelenzangs’ defence, said that the case showed that Christians are suffering growing “persecution” by officials who use the law to prevent them speaking about their faith.
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It is understood that the argument happened on the last day of the woman’s stay at the hotel in March when she appeared in Muslim dress.

The woman, who has not been named, is said to have told them that Jesus is considered a “minor prophet” in Islam while the debate also touched on the status of Mohammed.

The guest complained to Merseyside Police who called the couple in for an interview. They were questioned twice before being charged with a religiously aggravated public order offence.
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– Source / Full Story: Christian couple face losing hotel after criminal charges for offending Muslim woman, John Bingham, Telegraph, UK, Sep. 20, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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