Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell were convicted yestoday (28 Feburary 2017) at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, of public order offences, for preaching the Bible in England.
A public prosecutor claimed that quoting parts of the King James Bible in the context of modern British society “must be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter”.
The prosecutor argued that free speech must yield to multicultural reality in modern Britain and that there was a clear threat to violence due to the words of the preachers and the criticism of Islam.
There is an interview with Michael on The Red Pill Report No. 9
The men were found guilty under Section 31 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, for using “threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, thereby, and that the offence was religiously aggravated.”
During the four-day trial, prosecutor Ian Jackson, claimed: “To say to someone that Jesus is the only God is not a matter of truth. To the extent that they are saying that the only way to God is through Jesus, that cannot be a truth.”
Mr Stockwell had quoted a Bible verse in which Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life” and that he is the only way to heaven. Mr Stockwell said: “Men should be able to proclaim the truth and have diverse differences in the public forum, agreeing to disagree without harm or repercussions. Truth today is the new hate.”
He continued: “I am an American and there is no free speech in England. You criticise Islam; and a group of individuals don’t like what you say and threaten violence to silence speech they disapprove of. The Police and Court shut down the ‘free speech’ to avoid public disorder. It is a green light to the Islamists and any other radical groups to silence speech. The Police should be protecting us.”
Mr Overd said: “You can’t have the threat of violence and public disorder to stop us criticising Islam and other lifestyles. Where is our freedom? If you don’t like what I said, just move on and let others hear the message, but they want to end the free speech.”
The court has awarded legal costs of £2016 against both Mr Overd and Mr Stockwell. A Criminal Behaviour Order is being pursued against Mr Overd, with the hearing delayed until May 2017.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the preachers says that, “People will be shocked that a court now considers the Bible itself to be a form of hate speech.”
You can read more at the Christian Concern website.