No charge for Sizer

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A CHURCH of Eng­land vicar will not face crim­i­nal charges for link­ing to a web­site which sup­ports Holo­caust de­nial, po­lice and crown prose­cu­tors have ruled.

Rev­erend Stephen Sizer was in­ves­ti­gated on sus­pi­cion of in­cit­ing racial ha­tred, fol­low­ing a com­plaint from the Coun­cil of Chris­tians and Jews.

The se­nior pas­tor of the Angli­can Christ Church in Virginia Water, Sur­rey, had used his Face­book pro­file to high­light a piece on US web­site The Ugly Truth, which claims to high­light “Zion­ism, Jewish ex­trem­ism and a few other nasty items mak­ing our world un­in­hab­it­able to­day”. He re­moved the link af­ter JC in­quiries in Jan­uary.

Sur­rey Po­lice con­firmed that the mat­ter had been closed and that no fur­ther ac­tion would be taken. A po­lice spokesman said: “De­tec­tives car­ried out a thor­ough and ex­ten­sive re­view of the ma­te­rial in ques­tion and fol­low­ing li­ai­son with the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice it has been de­ter­mined that no crim­i­nal of­fences have been com­mit­ted.”

Fol­low­ing the decision, the CCJ said it be­lieved Rev Sizer’s ac­tions had been “po­ten­tially prej­u­di­cial to har­mo­nious in­ter­faith re­la­tion­ships” and it had acted af­ter re­ceiv­ing “strong ob­jec­tions both to [the] link… and to his de­lay in re­mov­ing that link”.

The Bishop of Guild­ford, the Right Rev­erend Christopher Hill, had stood by Rev Sizer fol­low­ing calls for him to be sus­pended for post­ing the link.

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