Victory for evangelist in freedom of speech case

Advertisement    Partners    Contacts

Christian Forum
INVICTORY.COM
Christian Resources, Websites, E-cards, Prayer, Video >>
Christian News Search

  News by Topics



      NEWS ARCHIVES  
Tour partner: Travel Directions

  Who is reading news now

  Christian News Ticker

UNITED KINGDOM | SOCIETY

Photo via charismamag.com
Victory for evangelist in freedom of speech case

A Christian evangelist was this week cleared of criminal charges by Dartford Magistrates Court after being arrested for distributing leaflets outside a Tesco supermarket, reports Christian Concern for our Nation.

Mr Bachoo was temporally imprisoned and charged with public order offences in January after handing out leaflets disapproving of Tesco’s decision to fund the 2012 Gay Pride parade outside its Metro store in Gravesend.

He was due to stand trial on Tuesday (24 September) for allegedly using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour” under section 5 of the Public Order Act but magistrates dismissed the case after the prosecuting barrister failed to give evidence.

Responding to the decision the National Director of Christian Voice, Stephen Green, said:

“Christians just keep winning these Section 5 freedom of speech cases. It is not against the law to preach against sodomy, to tell the public the facts about homosexual lifestyles, nor to display graphic images of the effects of abortion. These things might upset people, but they are not threatening, they are not abusive, they are not insulting and they are not against the law.

“We actually need no change in the law, but we do need police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service to provide training to officers and prosecutors on the law and on their duty to protect people exercising their freedom of expression.

“In the abortion case, the police officer who attended admitted in court that the only training he had ever had on the implications of freedom of speech was ten years ago”.

Mr Bachoo was supported by solicitor Michael Philips, who also represented Christian Legal Centre clients Andy Stephenson and Kathryn Attwood. They were cleared of public order offences by Brighton Magistrates Court last week (13 September) after standing trial for peacefully demonstrating outside a BPAS abortion clinic in Brighton.

Comment

Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of the Christian Legal Centre, said:

“A number of Christians have been arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and sometimes imprisoned by the police, only for the charges against them to be dropped later.

“Mr Bachoo’s victory and that of Andrew Stephenson and Kathryn Attwood demonstrate that Christians are well within their rights to speak out on important issues”.

Do you need a prayer?

Your name and country (optional)



* All your prayer requests are sent anonymously to Manmin church willing to pray for your needs
New iPad POLL!

VOTE NOW! Will you buy new iPad?




TAGS: Christian evangelist criminal charges Dartford Magistrates Court Tesco supermarket leaflets

[09/28/2012] Print Version

© Reprint is allowed unless source hyperlink is not deleted
[ christian news ]     [ HTML link ]     [ back ]

Media praise woman for asking doctors to kill her, donating organs

Microloans: Empower locals to enable Gospel growth

OTHER NEWS

PRESS

       BREAKING NEWS  
  Internet-conference    [ all ]
Brother Yun
Leader of house church in China
Serge Velbovets
Owner of the Christian Telegraph
Ad is provided by Google automatically

       PHOTOREPORT  

       AUDIO & VIDEO  

       HOT ISSUE  

       QUOTE OF THE DAY  
John Noronha, PhD candidate in bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum


Copyright © 1999-2014 CHRISTIAN TELEGRAPH. We are not responsible for the content on other sites we refer (if you want to research just visit those sites).
The use in whole or in part of this site content must clearly state as having come from "Christian Telegraph" with hyperlink, not Telegraph nor Christian News etc.

eXTReMe Tracker
The Baptist Top 1000 Christian.com
Social Network
CFS Top Christian Sites Fundamental Christian Topsites LIVE GOD NETWORK