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    :: Monday, May 03, 2010 ::
    Daily Telegraph (London): "Christian preacher arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin"

    Had to be, see:
    Police officers are alleging that he made the remark in a voice loud enough to be overheard by others
    What is society supposed to do with preachers like that?

    Was the preacher, Dale McAlpine, a Westboro-Baptist-type lowlife? Here's his narrative: you be the judge.
    Mr McAlpine was handing out leaflets explaining the Ten Commandments or offering a “ticket to heaven” with a church colleague on April 20, when a woman came up and engaged him in a debate about his faith.

    During the exchange, he says he quietly listed homosexuality among a number of sins referred to in 1 Corinthians, including blasphemy, fornication, adultery and drunkenness.

    After the woman walked away, she was approached by a PCSO [that's Police Community Service Officer, for those who haven't yet learned UK Newspeak] who spoke with her briefly and then walked over to Mr McAlpine and told him a complaint had been made, and that he could be arrested for using racist or homophobic language.
    Result (so far -- trial and possible sentence are still pending):
    Three regular uniformed police officers arrived during [McAlpine's] address, arrested Mr McAlpine and put him in the back of a police van.

    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.
    On that last bit, cf. Acts 4:17-18 and 5:40.

    :: David M. Wagner 6:03 PM [+] ::
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