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Police chaplain forced out over same-sex views

A Christian minister and police chaplain has been forced out of his position and he expressed his views on same-sex marriage.


Brian RossA Christian police chaplain has been forced out of his position after expressing his views on the Government’s proposals to introduce same-sex ‘marriages’ on his personal website.

Rev Brian Ross (68), who worked as a volunteer with Strathclyde Police, said that there was no mandate for the change and described marriage as a “God-ordained institution between a man and a woman”.


Despite making the comments on his 'Crazy Rev' personal blog, he was told by a senior officer that his remarks were representative of the force’s views on the issue and violated its “equality and diversity policy”.

He was forced to step down after being told the he would need to comply with the policy in order to continue in his role as a force chaplain.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: “Whilst the force wholly respects the Rev Ross's and, indeed any employees' personally held political and religious beliefs, such views cannot be expressed publicly if representing the force, as it is by law an apolitical organisation with firmly embedded policies which embrace diversity and equality.”


In a written submission to MPs currently scrutinising the Government’s Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill, Rev Ross said that his case was “typical of the kind of situation that could, and would, arise” should marriage be redefined.

He said: “This was a role that I enjoyed immensely, and I was extremely active in regular visitation, and in identifying myself with officers and staff.

“I submitted a monthly article to the different divisional bulletins, and attended all of the force, and divisional, events as invited.

“The result of my endeavours was that I gained the trust of those I sought to serve, and was being used by some in pastoral situations.”


He added: “Just before the summer, a particular senior officer in one of the divisions read my personal blog and objected to my expressed support for traditional marriage as, it was claimed, it went against the force's equality and diversity policies.

“I was summoned to a meeting, the end result of which has been that my services have been dispensed with.

“This, I would emphasise, is before any legislation has been placed on the Statute Book.”

Colin Hart, campaign director for the Coalition For Marriage said: “This is just the start of things to come.

“We have already seen Adrian Smith have his wages docked and get demoted in Trafford.



“Now we have this appalling case of Rev Ross, Chaplain to Strathclyde Police being forced out because he backs the traditional definition of marriage.

"We have consistently warned that ripping up the current definition would lead to all sorts of consequences including people getting sacked and forced out of their jobs because of their beliefs.”


Andrea Minichiello Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Concern, said:

“The Government’s proposals to redefine marriage threaten to alienate a huge section of the public.

“A number of Christian employees have already been penalised for expressing their genuinely held belief that marriage can only be between one man and one woman.

“This situation is likely to become far worse should the Government’s proposals pass into law.”

Christian Concern, 04/03/2013

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Editor 25/03/2013 10:06
Guest please note: The basis and final authority of this website is that of the Word of God. And Mr.Ross is well-schooled in that. Are you?
Guest (Guest) 25/03/2013 16:41
Dear Editor.

We will have to leave your question with an all seeing and an all knowing God.
He alone is the Judge and He alone holds our lives in the balance.
RF (Guest) 25/03/2013 18:50
BR I didn't think I needed to identify the big claims. You are being a touch defensive but that is understandable.
Papa (Guest) 25/03/2013 18:59
Maybe step back guys, gays Christian or not here very real people

We have very strong bible based view's on both sides.

Gay people have been looked upon as some sort of freaks of nature , all I ask is that you look at what is being said with a open mind, I do understand that this is hard to do, however that why we have the holy spirit to helps us.

We need to change what has happen over the years, just saying to someone you need to sort yourself out does not work .

I could tell you lots of story of instead of someone going on for the Lord they end up a utter mess

Gods love to you all

John Miller 08/05/2013 09:00
On 6 February the Editor reported that the Free Church Continuing had written to the Queen on the subject of Westminster and Holyrood's support for same sex marriage. Is it known if Her Majesty responded and if so what the response was?
Guest (Guest) 09/05/2013 23:54
Maybe it was get a life
John Miller 10/05/2013 09:27
What a sad, ignorant response to a serious question. The arrogance of aggressive homosexuality is indefatiguable.
Guest (Guest) 10/05/2013 10:27
Sad ?? just the way some Christians have responded over the
now the ball on the other foot its aggressive?? double standers

Guest (Guest) 10/05/2013 17:49
From the heart

Mr Miller

You may have a better knowledge of Bible and English Language than me , and respected by many (this is typical of Presbyterian churches ) Elevation man blinded by there own power and yes there are a lot more like you.

Listen to what God is saying and doing and not to mans words.


God rejects nobody its man who does that

God love you

Guest (Guest) 19/05/2013 22:29
I feel Christians could spend their time doing more constructive things than writing on this website.
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