The moderator of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland is a fuckin proddy?
From Justice Analytical Services, The Scottish Government’s Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland 2017-18:
- Roman Catholicism – 319 charges for 2017-18 – decrease of 17% from 384 charges in 2016-17.
- Protestantism – 174 charges in 2017-18 – small increase from 2016-17, 165 charges.
- Islam – 113 charges in 2016-17 and 115 in 2017-18.
- Judaism – 23 charges in 2016-17 and 21 in 2017-18.
So, with offences against Protestantism, Islam and Judaism fairly stable and offences against Roman Catholicism falling by 17%, the overall picture in Scotland is of a significant fall in religiously aggravated offences. Meanwhile in England & Wales, religiously aggravated offences were up a massive 35% from 2015/16 to 2016/17.
Once more BBC Scotland missed the good news, ignored the context, and failed to headline:
Significant fall in religiously aggravated offences against Roman Catholics in Scotland