The case of two Christian preachers being warned to leave a Muslim area of Birmingham by a police community support officer (PCSO) throws up more questions than answers.
Firstly, when The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, spoke of Christian 'no-go areas' many people dismissed his claims. But isn't this a practical example of exactly what he was talking about?
And more importantly, this act was actually perpetrated by a man wearing the uniform of an organisation that is supposed to be protecting people's civil liberties, not suppressing them.
West Midlands Police may think this is one of those incidents that can be passed off with a 'bad apple' type of argument. The situation arose fundamentally from a poorly trained PCSO trying to defuse a potentially dangerous situation on a busy Birmingham high street.
However, that is no good for the two Christians who claim they are being told - wrongly - by the community in Alum Rock that they are not permitted to work in the area.
Re-educating one single PCSO also does nothing to send out the message that any infringement of people's liberties will not be tolerated in the West Midlands.
The constabulary is refusing to back down to the Christians and offer an apology and/or a public statement admitting that the actions of the PCSO was wrong.
Freedom of speech was not secured in the country without making difficult decisions and challenging those who want to take it away.
It is just unfortunate that West Midlands Police doesn't seem to be able to back down in this case because it fears how it might be perceived.