American Evangelist Arrested for the Second Time in the UK for Alleged ‘Homophobic’ Comments

miano fbDUNDEE, Scotland — An American evangelist was arrested for the second time in the UK while open air preaching this week.

Evangelist Tony Miano, a retired police officer from California, was arrested for breach of peace in Dundee, Scotland this Wednesday following a complaint that he had preached against homosexuality.

Miano had been preaching about the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ and about the nature of sin, including sexual sin, when a woman began to shout at him. The woman blurted out that her son was a homosexual before calling the police.

Pastor Josh Williamson of the Craigie Reformed Baptist Church in Perth, who was present during the incident, said that Miano’s message did not center on homosexuality.

“Tony wasn’t focusing on homosexual practice; it was about all sin,” he explained. “A woman was yelling at him, and her friend noticed we were filming the preaching, so she ran up to me and tried to smash my camera.”

Williamson said that a council warden soon approached him and Miano and told them to move on, but also advised that what they were doing was not illegal.

Two police officers then arrived at the scene as Williamson and Miano were packing up. According to Williamson, the woman began shouting again so that the preachers would be arrested.

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“The female officer saw that we had a camera and lunged for it and then the male policeman grabbed it and threw it in the police van,” Williamson said. “After Tony was put in the police van, I asked why he was being arrested and was told it was for breach of peace and for using homophobic language.”

Andrea Minichiello Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, says that the incident raises serious questions about police procedure and understanding of the law in dealing with such incidents.

“This appears to be an overzealous reaction by the police,” she said. “The incident adds to the number of arrests of Christian street evangelists for preaching from the Bible. It is indicative of the suppression of the freedom to speak and to live out the words of Jesus Christ in public and present the teachings of the Bible.”

Miano was released the next day after being held in police custody overnight–28 hours after the arrest. He said that he was grateful for all the support he received, but was saddened by what had happened.

“It’s alarming that in a country such as the UK, which helped spread Christianity to the world, [that] we’re seeing police oppression of God’s word being preached in the streets of our towns and cities,” Miano stated.

Miano appeared in court the following day, where he pleaded not guilty to a charge of breach of peace with “homophobic” aggravation. He is now free on bail and may return to America, but is required to appear in Scottish court on April 22.

As previously reported, Miano was also arrested last July in London for alleged “homophobic” comments, but no charges were formally filed.

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  • charles e. killeen

    At last someone finally raised the issue of the misuse of the English language concerning “phobia”. Mr. Miano said it in his video. Phobia refers to fear. People are using it to mean “hatred of” or “opposition to”. Very few people are “afraid” of homosexuals. The English language has taken enough of a beating without those in high places adding to the muddle. There are suffixes and prefixes in abundance to denote opposition almost anything. A Francophile loves the French; have you ever met a Francophobe? Anglophiles love England or the English; what would an Anglophobe be? An Irishman? Do a little work if you want to coin words. ——— Charlie

  • Maree Whitty

    Dr. Murphy, you have written a long discourse on ‘words on learned’ subjects by learned people – however, the only Words that are going to stand up under any scrutiny are the Words of Jesus Christ – His Word – The Bible – alone are the final words above all others. Since He is God, He knows far more than any learned ‘mere’ man. As for homosexuals, I love them, I have no phobia about them meaning that I have no fear of them. Jesus speaking 1 Corinthians 6:9b … ‘do not be deceived mislead neither the impure and immoral nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality, v10 nor cheats, swindlers and thieves, nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.
    Romans 2:27 And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze burning out, consumed with lust for one another – men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was their fitting retribution = Verse 25 because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen.’
    Homosexuality is only one of the many sins listed. All are wrong in God’s eyes and He doesn’t want any of us to be deceived by any of them. God loves the homosexual, just as He loves the thieves and robbers, however, all these sins He died for and took the punishment for them so that we could be forgiven for them and be set free from them.
    God loves the sinner, He died on the Cross so that we could be forgiven and set free from the sin.

  • Loyd Allen

    The Bible says be fruitful and multiply. I fail to see how a homosexual Adam and Eve could have accomplished this !

  • Abraham Bahago

    I think its just signs of the end time, and the only thing we are to do is to fight back with our kneels on the floor, “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of this present world”.