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UK: Christian Preacher Arrested for Saying Homosexuality is a Sin!

Posted by FactReal on May 4, 2010

UK Telegraph (Hat tip: Drudge Report):

Amazing! A Christian street preacher was arrested and taken to jail for telling a passerby that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God.

Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships. [snip]

Police officers are alleging that he made the remark in a voice loud enough to be overheard by others and have charged him with using abusive or insulting language, contrary to the Public Order Act. [snip]

Christian campaigners have expressed alarm that the Public Order Act, introduced in 1986 to tackle violent rioters and football hooligans, is being used to curb religious free speech. [snip]

He claims that the PCSO then said he was homosexual and identified himself as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender liaison officer for Cumbria police. Mr McAlpine replied: “It’s still a sin.” [snip]

At the station, he was told to empty his pockets and his mobile telephone, belt and shoes were confiscated. Police took fingerprints, a palm print, a retina scan and a DNA swab.

He was later interviewed, charged under Sections 5 (1) and (6) of the Public Order Act and released on bail on the condition that he did not preach in public.

Mr McAlpine pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing on Friday at Wokingham magistrates court and is now awaiting a trial date.

The Public Order Act, which outlaws the unreasonable use of abusive language likely to cause distress, has been used to arrest religious people in a number of similar cases.

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One Response to “UK: Christian Preacher Arrested for Saying Homosexuality is a Sin!”

  1. Anthony said

    I cant believe this article has bben out and no comments. It is so sad that some guy cant speek the truth about what he believes without offending someone, but that same people can offend me or my children, or curs up and down and I cant say a word without hurting their feeling with the true word of GOD. God Bless you preacher.

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