Mr Mc Alpine replied: “It’s still a sin.” The preacher then began a 20 minute sermon, in which he says he mentioned drunkenness and adultery, but not homosexuality.Three regular uniformed police officers arrived during the address, arrested Mr Mc Alpine and put him in the back of a police van.Annie and I are more in love with each other every day...:)""Thank you so much for making the pink sofa website.
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“My freedom was taken away on the hearsay of someone who disliked what I said, and I was charged under a law that doesn't apply.” Christian campaigners have expressed alarm that the Public Order Act, introduced in 1986 to tackle violent rioters and football hooligans, is being used to curb religious free speech.
Sam Webster, a solicitor-advocate for the Christian Institute, which is supporting Mr Mc Alpine, said it is not a crime to express the belief that homosexual conduct is a sin.
He was later interviewed, charged under Sections 5 (1) and (6) of the Public Order Act and released on bail on the condition that he did not preach in public.
Mr Mc Alpine pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing on Friday at Workington magistrates court and is now awaiting a trial date. Stephen Green, a Christian campaigner, was arrested and charged in 2006 for handing out religious leaflets at a Gay Pride festival in Cardiff. Cumbria police said last night that no one was available to comment on Mr Mc Alpine’s case.
At least one survivor says the harrowing experience has turned him from being an agnostic to a believer in God.