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Free Tony Miano: If You Love Free Speech Let The Anti-Gay Christian Preacher Talk

by | 11th, January 2014

OUR increasingly intolerant society, which seeks to be offended by anything and then whine about it until the offender is shamed into conformity, has seen to it that a preacher has been arrested in Dundee.

American street evangelist Tony Miano had been talking about sexual sin. Mr Miano a former policeman in Los Angeles was in fully cry, telling passers by about which sins Jesus could save them from – adultery, promiscuity, homosexuality when a woman took offence. She said that as the mother of a gay man she was offended.

 

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Pastor Josh Williamson of the Craigie Reformed Baptist Church in Perth is a fellow member of Miano’s street preaching team. He tells us what happened next: “Tony wasn’t focussing just on homosexual practice it was about all sin.

A woman was yelling at him and her friend noticed we were filming the preaching, so she ran up to me and tried to smash my camera.” Anyone who thinks homosexuality is against god’s plan can say so. Anorak thinks them wrong. People are made different. Get over it.

But the women craving tolerance for her son demanded censure of opposing views. Williamson says the woman looked like was calling the police. A council warden arrived and put it to the evangelical preachers that they should move on. But why? They’d broken no laws. Then the police arrived. Williamson says: “The female officer saw we had a camera and lunged for it and then the male policeman grabbed it and threw it in the police van.” Why? The male officer interviewed the offended woman. He then arrested Mr Miano. Williamson adds: “After Tony was put in the police van I asked why he was being arrested and was told it was for a breach of the peace and for using homophobic language.”

Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, Andrea Minichiello Williams, is unhappy: “This appears to be an overzealous reaction by the police. The incident adds to the number of arrests of Christian street evangelists for preaching from the Bible. It is indicative of the suppression of the freedom to speak and live out the words of Jesus Christ in public and present the teachings of the Bible.” In July 2012, Miano was arrested for breaching Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

Before being pinched he’d told passers by in Wimbledon: “My friends, the reality is, we are all going to stand before God to give account for our lives. And whether our sin is sexual in nature or not, if we have violated his law in any way whether it is homosexuality, whether it is refusing to abstain from evil in the heterosexual community and we are lusting after people we are indulging in fornication, but even beyond that if we have so much as told one lie God sees us as a violator of his law, God does not see us as good.”

 

 

 

The case was dropped.

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