English preacher jailed for calling homosexuality a sin
So it's come to this (at least in England at this point...). Several days ago (May 2nd), a Baptist preacher on the streets of Workington, Cumbria (Unitied Kingdom) became involved in a heated discussion with a pedestrian who disagreed and took offense when the preacher said that he believe that homosexuality was a sin. But that wasn't the end of it.
It turns out that merry old England is a good bit farther down the "political correctness" road than America and, as a result, the preacher was put in jail for "abusive or insulting" language.
So how did it get to this point? The law in question began with the English 1986 "Public Order Act", which was initially meant to deal with actual violence. But like everything else having to do with government, it metastasized and grew into a legal code covering everything from violence and public disorder to simple speech that the hyper-sensitive, politically correct crowd (read: liberals) might be offended by.
In fact, the law has "evolved" to the point where they have "Police Community Support Officers" which are essentially busybody citizens who have power to enforce things like this speech code and, as you can guess, the offended liberal dutifully reporter the street preachers "hate speech" to one of these officers and he was arrested and thrown in jail.
From the story...
Mr McAlpine, who was taken to the police station in the back of a marked van
and locked in a cell for seven hours on April 20, said the incident was
among the worst experiences of his life.
“I felt deeply shocked and humiliated that I had been arrested in my own town
and treated like a common criminal in front of people I know," he said.
“My freedom was taken away on the hearsay of someone who disliked what I said,
and I was charged under a law that doesn't apply.”
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.
Of course, this happened in England, not America. But over and over, whether it's abortion, stem cell research, "gay rights", gay marriage, "hate speech", political correctness, etc., European counties have been the proverbial canary in a coal mine for what's coming to our shores.
Christian conservatives need to be vigilant - and speak out.