I rather wonder where the society went off the rails here:
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.
The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached Christianity in Wokington, Cumbria for years, said he did not mention homosexuality while delivering a sermon from the top of a stepladder, but admitted telling a passing shopper that he believed it went against the word of God.
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.
It took us about a century and a half to go from hanging buggerers (the last execution for sodomy was in the 1830s from memory) to finally agreeing that what consenting adults did with their gonads was a matter for such consenting adults, not the rest of us to decide upon. How did we overshoot to the extent that we are now not allowed to opine upon it though?
Is there perhaps some fixed amount of freedom that can be extant at any one time? So that if, rightly in this case, freedom is extended in one direction then it must be, wrongly in this case, limited in some other?
I do have a feeling though that there\’s a simpler explanation in this case:
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 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.
The street preacher said he told the PCSO: “I am not homophobic but sometimes I do say that the Bible says homosexuality is a crime against the Creator”.
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.”
I have a very strong feeling that the actual crime here is pissing off a policemen. And that might be an even greater problem than the restriction of free speech one.
That we\’re hiring people into the police force who have such thin skins, are not able to understand that what is illegal and what might hurt a policemen\’s fragile ego are not the same thing, that\’s a problem.
And lordy, what a woofter, eh?