Sunday, August 23, 2009

Preacher Threatened With Arrest For Reading Out Extracts From The Bible In Public


Thanks to Tony Miano for posting this story on Facebook. Even though this has taken place in the U.K., It hits close to home.


A street preacher is at the centre of a row over freedom of speech after police threatened to arrest him for reading the Bible in public.


By Andrew Alderson, Chief ReporterPublished: 9:00PM BST 15 Aug 2009


Lawyers acting for Miguel Hayworth, 29, have demanded an explanation over the alleged intimidation and abuse of power by three officers.


Andrea Minichiello Williams, the director of the Christian Legal Centre, has written to Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, over the incident.

She claims that Mr Hayworth and his father, John, 55, were unlawfully and unfairly treated as they preached Christianity in the city at the end of July.

"They were clearly told that reading the Bible and preaching can be offensive and that they could be arrested," she wrote.


"Furthermore, they were subjected to abuse and intimidation. They were told that they were being monitored and filmed," she wrote.


Critics claimed that a Muslim preaching his religion in the street would not have been treated in such a way by police.


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