Offensive leaflets circulated in Rutherglen target religious group
Hundreds of leaflets have been issued in the area, claiming to reveal the “frightening truth about Jehovah’s Witnesses” as police say they will not tolerate religious hate crime
Residents have blasted offensive leaflets circulating in Rutherglen, targeting a religious group.
Hundreds of leaflets have been issued in the Rutherglen Main Street area, claiming to reveal the “frightening truth about Jehovah’s Witnesses”.
They make several false and offensive claims against the religion.
They include stating that: “confessed paedophiles may be put in positions of authority over others” and that Jehovah’s Witnesses: “have blamed women for raising rapists”.
James Wood, an elder with the Kingdom Hall in Rutherglen, said he had seen the leaflets and that they were “clearly the work of some aggrieved person” and said: “There’s a lot of lies in there.
“We usually just ignore this type of thing.”
One man, who lives on Rutherglen Main Street, said: “I was leaving for work in the morning and a pile of them had been put through my close door.
“ I’m not a Jehovah’s Witnesses but I have a family member who is and the content is extremely offensive.”
Inspector Jim Gillespie at Rutherglen Police Office said the police had not received any complaints regarding the leaflets but said they would look in to any case where a member of the community felt they were being targeted for their religious beliefs: “Our own local community and indeed our entire country celebrates its diverse, multi-cultural society.
“Should anyone feel they are being inappropriately targeted for malicious purposes for being part of an individual social group such as one based on their religious belief, disability, sexuality or gender, they should contact Police Scotland which takes any allegations of hate crime very seriously.”