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-UK: Street Preacher in Trouble for Saying Homosexuality a Sin

by Dr. D ~ May 10th, 2010

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A Christian street preacher in Britain was arrested and will stand trial for telling a passerby that homosexuality is a sin.

Dale McAlpine, a 42-year-old Baptist, was arrested under Britain’s Public Order Act 1986, which forbids “using threatening, abusive or insulting words … tending to and causing harassment, alarm or distress.”

McAlpine responded to the charges:

“My freedom was taken away on the hearsay evidence of someone who disliked what I said, and I was charged under a law that doesn’t apply.”

“I am not homophobic but sometimes I do say that the Bible says homosexuality is a crime against the Creator.”

The part-time policewoman who arrested McAlpine is also said to be a liaison to the gay and lesbian community.

Response: It is obvious to me and should be to most that this policewoman was not impartial in this arrest and the application of the law considering her work with the Gay and Lesbian community.

This law was originally intended to be used by the police to head off and contain riots but is being used here to regulate the content of speech? If this stands and the preacher is found guilty than what can be said about the ‘freedom of religion’ and the ‘freedom of speech’ in the UK?

Here’s another question—does that mean it is illegal in the UK to teach from the Bible in public if some group or another is ‘insulted’?            *Top

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2 Responses to -UK: Street Preacher in Trouble for Saying Homosexuality a Sin

  1. casey

    just goes to show how anamate the enemy is about defending his agenda and his plan for total breakdown of God’s law established in the hearts of men. he wants complete liberation surrounding this issue and mens’ concious seared to the point of destruction. what’s new under the sun…

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