Dale Mcalpine claims he was only conversing about Biblical Norms
Under a law meant to prosecute violent soccer fans for hooliganism, a United Kingdom Christian street preacher has been arrested for his anti-gay remarks to passers-by. Law enforcement reported that Dale Mcalpine was making ant-gay statements in a loud voice to passing shoppers in a shopping center.
Mcalpine stated he was handing out leaflets and engaging onlookers in conversation.
Fear that Christians are being persecuted for voicing Biblical truths
The British paper "The UK Daily Mail" reported on May 1 that Mcalpine has set up a stepladder near stores for the purposes of preaching, and had engaged a woman in a conversation regarding Biblical definitions of sin.
Homosexual behavior, he said, was merely included within that conversation about Biblical norms.
Mcalpine said it was not long before he notice two law enforcement officers watching him.
Public Order Act of 1986 "does not apply"
Adams left the scene but was apprehended shortly by several additional officers and placed under arrest under the 1986 Public Order Act. He was held for 7 hours.
The law was originally designed so that soccer fans could not cause public mayhem.
Mcalpine says he does not believe the law pertains to his actions, and that the incident left him "shocked and humiliated". He asserted that he was only preaching the Gospel, which a free society would allow. He stated that there was no hate or slurring of homosexuals in his speech.
The incident is being broadly condemned by Christians.
Rob Logan, assistant manager at the cell phone store outside of which Mcalpine was preaching, told the press that Mcalpine has long handed out leaflets in front of the store. "He is not aggressive or threatening. He is gentle."
In recent years other UK residents have been detained, questioned, and/or arrested for voicing Christian beliefs or handing out flyers at Gay Pride events. A 67 year old woman wrote a letter expressing her displeasure with local gay Pride events, and had law enforcement officials visit her home, where she was questioned at length.