David Robertson on if Politicians Can’t Stand Up for Rosie Duffield, Surely the Church Should

The Labour Party conference is next week in Brighton but one Labour MP who will not be attending is Rosie Duffield, the MP for Canterbury, who has been compelled to withdraw because of the level of online abuse she has received from transgender activists.

Duffield stated that she just did not want to face the intimidation – “LGBT+ Labour now seem to hate my guts and I feared they’d have a massive go at me at conference.”

Who can blame her? But how have we ended up in a situation where a female MP does not feel safe attending her own party conference?

There are always people on the fringe who threaten violence and seek to intimidate. They only succeed when more mainstream figures defend them – and others keep silent. Ash Sarkar, the media commentator who describes herself as a ‘luxury communist’ has joined the attack: “Rosie Duffield is perfectly entitled to her view that trans people should have the protections they have had for years, enshrined in the Equality Act, taken from them. But the fact she does so while a member of a supposedly progressive party is an embarrassment to Keir Starmer.”

Ms Sarkar not only misrepresents Rosie Duffield who does not want to take away trans protections, but has sadly provided a dog whistle for those Labour activists who want to hound her out of the party. So far, the silence from the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, when one of his MPs is being abused, is the real embarrassment.

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Source: Christian Today

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