I'm Victim of PC Vendetta, Says Christian Drug Expert; GP Sacked from Government Advisory Panel before He Even Started

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Byline: James Slack, Ian Drury

A CHRISTIAN GP claimed last night that he had been 'sacrificed on the altar of political correctness' after being sacked as a government drugs adviser.

Dr Hans-Christian Raabe, a respected family doctor, was dismissed for holding 'embarrassing' views about homosexuality.

He was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs less than a month ago and had not even had the chance to attend a meeting.

Home Office officials said he had failed to disclose being co-author of a study suggesting a link between homosexuality and paedophilia.

Anti-drugs campaigners described his sacking as an outrage. Many had welcomed him as a breath of fresh air on the ACMD, which has repeatedly called for softer attitudes to drugs, such as cannabis and ecst By contrast Dr Raabe believes that children should be told to 'say No', rather than being told the safest way to consume a banned substance.

Dr Raabe told the Daily Mail: 'I have been discriminated against because of my opinions and beliefs which are in keeping with the teachin ing of the major Churches. This sets a dangerous precedent: Are we saying that being a Christian is now a bar to public office?'

He added: 'My appointment has been revoked based on the wrong perception that I could potentially discriminate against gay people - something I have never done; neither my private nor professional life. Even the Home Office has not questioned my knowledge and expertise in matters relating to substance misuse and drug policy.

'My appointment has merely been revoked as a result of my views on matters completely unrelated to drug policy.'

Dr Raabe was appointed to the ACMD by drugs minister James Brokenshire on January 10.

But he immediately came under attack from unnamed drugs experts in Left-wing newspapers, a BBC internet blog and former members of the ACMD.

Following the criticism, Dr Raabe received a letter from the Home Office saying it was 'minded to reconsider' the appointment. …