From THE TELEGRAPH:
Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a police community support officer overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships. The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached Christianity in Workington, Cumbria for years, said he did not mention homosexuality while delivering a sermon from the top of a stepladder, but admitted telling a passing shopper that he believed it went against the word of God.
Police officers are alleging that he made the remark in a voice loud enough to be overheard by others and have charged him with using abusive or insulting language, contrary to the Public Order Act.
Mr McAlpine, who was taken to the police station in the back of a marked van and locked in a cell for seven hours on April 20, said the incident was among the worst experiences of his life.
“I felt deeply shocked and humiliated that I had been arrested in my own town and treated like a common criminal in front of people I know," he said.
COMMENT: Well, Mr McAlpine, you reap what you sow and God has one wickedly ironic sense of humour. But, really, you didn't have to go through all that to find out what it's like to be victimised by the authorities and made to look a criminal in your own community. You could have just gone down your local gay bar and asked the lads. I'm sure they would have been more than happy to explain to you how shit awful their lives can be because of homophobic, Bible-perverting people such as your good self.
Thanks to Paul (A) for sending this one in. And, no mate, I hadn't come across it myself. I've been too busy today having major dental work and then sleeping it off. So, once again, thank you.