Posted by: becketfund | May 16, 2010

UK: Charges Dropped Against Street Preacher

CUMBRIA – After a public outcry, charges have been dropped against street preacher, Dale Mcalpine, who was arrested by police on charges that his comments to passers-by had caused offence, including comments on the sinfulness of drunkenness, adultery and homosexuality, the London Mail reported on May 16.  Supporters of free speech, including gay-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, called on the new Home Secretary, Theresa May, to curb politically correct authorities. He said: ‘The Public Order Act is meant to protect people from harm. I urge the Home Secretary to issue new guidelines, making it clear the police should not arrest people for expressing bigoted views in a non-threatening and non-aggressive manner.’

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