Heather Clark christiannews.net BASILDON, England – A Christian street preacher was arrested and jailed last week in England after he was accused by a lesbian bystander of engaging in hate speech against homosexuals. The incident occurred on Thursday while evangelist Rob Hughes was preaching on the streets of Basildon, Essex. As he spoke, Hughes was approached by police, who advised that they had received a complaint that Hughes had engaged in hate speech by preaching against homosexuality. Police advised that such speech was a violation of the Public Order Act, Section 5, which bans “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior, or disorderly behavior” or the display of “any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting” within earshot of sight of a person “likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby.” As Hughes was interviewed by police on street, his friend, Andrew Noble, was also interrogated by officers. “Did you say that homosexuality is sinful?” Noble remembers the police inquiring. “I don’t think we said that today, but it is something that we would say,” he replied. Noble told Christian News Network that a lesbian bystander had lodged a complaint against Hughes’ speech and falsely accused him of speaking against homosexual behavior. Hughes was arrested on the street and transported to the local jail, where he was then fingerprinted and held in a cell. to read more click here: christiannews.net
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