We have another case of a religious person being jailed for denouncing homosexuality. In England, Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him stating that he viewed homosexuality to be a sin.
We have been following a disturbing trend in the West of limiting free speech under both blasphemy and discrimination laws, here. In the United States, we are seeing increasing conflicts between our anti-discrimination laws and assocational and free exercise rights, here.
McAlpine, 42, is a Baptist in Wokington, Cumbria for years who delivered his sermon from a stepladder.
Police reported that he referred to “sins” of homosexuals loud enough to be overheard by others, which is probably the point to speaking. He was held for seven hours in jail under the Public Order Act. The law was passed to deal with violent rioters and football hooligans.
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