Saturday, May 15, 2010

Street Preacher Arrested for Violating "Section 5 of the Public Order Act"

From Fr. Tim Finigan:

"Dale McAlpine is a Christian street preacher who was at his pitch in Cumbria, preaching the gospel. After his preaching, in response to a question from a passerby, he spoke of a number of sins that were condemned in the Bible, including homosexual behaviour. After the passerby made a complaint, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Police Community and Support Officer (sic!) challenged him and then arranged for Her Majesty's Constabulary to come and arrest him. You can see the build-up in the video above; it goes like this:
Police: What have you been saying, homophobic wise?


Dale: I spoke to your officer earlier and he was upset that I was saying homosexuality was a sin - which is what the Bible says. And I affirm that's what I say because that's in the bible and there's no law, there's no law...

Police: Well there is.

Dale: No there isn't

Police: There is. Unfortunately mate, it's a breach of Section 5 of the Public Order Act


Police: You're under arrest for a racially aggravated Section 5 Public Order offence. You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.

OK do you want to walk this way to our van"

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