Last week, it was announced that Dr Hans-Christian Raabe, a GP from Partington in Manchester, had been appointed to the Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
This made sense as Dr Raabe has taken a medical interested in drug policy for many years. He takes what might be termed a vigorously traditional view. He advocates abstinence-based approaches and criticises the assertion that it is the illegality of drugs such as cannabis that is the problem.
Dr Raabe’s appointment was considered by many to be welcome as the Advisory Council has long taken the progressive view that the treatment of drug offenders is their main priority rather than reducing their numbers.
Isn’t it strange how progressives are so concerned about the weak and vulnerable that they constantly pursue policies which ensure there is a continuing supply of the weak and vulnerable for them to ‘help’.
No sooner was the appointment announced than there was a blizzard of attacks. Not as one might imagine primarily because of his views on drugs. Rather the attacks were mainly based on the fact that Dr Raabe, a member of the pastoral team of Flixton Fellowship Church, is also a supporter of the Manchester-based Maranatha Community. Maranatha is an interdenominational body committed to unity, renewal and healing, and dedicated to re-establishing Christian values in society.
Indymedia, an influential web based news service for radicals, announced the appointment with the headline “Homophobic Scum Gets Job Dictating Drug Policy.” This was followed by the sub-head “Mad bastard and member of the Maranatha Christian cult, Dr Hans-Christian Raabe has been given a job on the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs.”
Such vitriol was to be expected from the easily inflamed and proudly anti-Christian. But the attacks were not confined to extremist bigots. Mark Easton, Home Editor of the BBC was even quicker to get into attack mode. On his BBC News blog, he claimed that Dr Raabe’s views on homosexuality were causing such fury amongst members of the Advisory Council that at least one member was threatening to step down. Interestingly the members he spoke of, if they existed, chose to be anonymous.
What do Dr Raabe’s views on homosexuality have to do with illegal drugs? According to Easton, more than one member of the council is gay or lesbian.
Just for a moment try to image the outcry by the BBC if it had been revealed that Dr Raabe had refused to serve on the Council because some of its members were homosexual. For such an attitude he would be pilloried, however the equivalent attitude is perfectly acceptable when it comes from the politically correct.
Dr Raabe had done the unforgivable, he had allowed his view that homosexual acts are sinful to become known. His expertise and experience in treating drug addicts were irrelevant, he did not value sodomites therefore in the eyes of progressives he failed the one test that really mattered.
Things got worse. At the weekend the Observer revealed the shocking news that Dr Raabe actually supported marriage. In briefing documents produced for MPs he had outlined the benefits of marriage in fighting drug addiction. He claimed that marriage is associated with greater happiness, less depression, less alcohol abuse and less smoking.
These claims happen to be true, however, truth is of little interest to the smugly self satisfied progressive. It was reported that drugs charities and experts expressed surprise that someone of such ‘stringent opinions’ could be appointed to the Advisory Council.
If Dr Raabe had promoted drug liberalisation and the de-criminalisation of dangerous drugs he would have been lauded by progressives. Dr Raabe instead has clear traditional Christian views on homosexuality and self-stupificiation and therefore had to be considered a bigot and if possible driven from public service.
This is why we should refuse to use the term ‘liberals’ for progressives. Discriminating against Christians for acting in accordance with their beliefs is not liberal, it is not tolerant. It is totalitarian. Joe McCarthy would have been proud of them.
In the past homosexuals were the victims of prejudice, in today’s politically correct Britain they and their supporters are becoming the new oppressors.