Preacher Fined for ‘Emotional Harm’ Caused by Quoting Levitical Law Against Homosexuality

OverdTAUNTON, UK — A street preacher in the UK who was charged with making “homophobic” remarks has been declared guilty of breaking English law and must pay a fine for his speech, including to a man to whom he quoted Scripture from the book of Leviticus.

As previously reported, Mike Overd, a street preacher for five years, was accused of speaking against homosexuality and Islam last June and July on two separate occasions. He was leveled with two charges of using threatening and abusive words and a charge of causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act.

A police officer had appeared on local television last fall to urge residents to record Overd’s speech as it had been reported that he was causing offense.

“I’d advise people that if they’re offended to record any incident on their mobile phone and send it to us,” Sgt. Neil Kimmins told reporters.

During his trial last week, Overd presented two videos as evidence to what occurred as he was preaching from the Bible on the street. In one of the clips, a woman with a little boy approaches Overd and says that she wants to ask him a question. The woman then opines that God loves homosexuals.

“Just because I don’t like their sins does not mean I don’t like them,” Overd says as he continues preaching.

In another video, a police officer approaches the street preacher and tells him that he has received complaints for making “homophobic” statements.

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“If I hear one homophobic word out of your mouth here today, I will arrest you,” the officer threatens, advising Overd that he has freedom of speech, but may not offend others.

On Monday, Judge Shamim Qureshi, a Muslim who also serves as the presiding judge at the Sharia law-based Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, declared Overd guilty of violating the Public Order Act for his remarks about homosexuality.

“The judge at Bristol Crown Court told him that he should not have used the particular verse in the Bible—Leviticus 20:13—because it uses the word ‘abomination,'” reports the UK-based publication Christian Today. “The judge suggested that there were other verses he could have chosen if he wanted to talk about what the Bible says about homosexuality.”

“All people exercise their right of speech and religion and this country’s laws protect their rights to do so. On the other hand, Mr Overd asks me to interpret the law to endorse his desire to shout, bully, and berate members of the public until they convert to his branch of Christianity,” Qureshi said. “Ironically, those who complained about him at court were Christians.”

“I cannot interpret the law in the way Mr. Overd and his legal team ask,” he continued. “Such a decision would not be the upholding of equal human rights and would be seized upon by fundamentalists and extremists to be the first step to public disorder.”

Overd was fined 1,400 British pounds, the equivalent of approximately $2,090 dollars, part of which was to go to a homosexual man to whom he had quoted the Scripture. The street preacher initially resisted the fine, but was then threatened with jail time if he did not comply.

“Your judgement is flawed and way out of line,” Overd told Qureshi. “You will answer to the same God as me.”

Libby Towell of the Christian Legal Centre, which provided representation for Overd said that she found the ruling to be “shocking.”

“It’s [come down to] now going through the Bible, saying that some parts shouldn’t be spoken about and might cause emotional harm,” she noted. “There’s been a concerted campaign to stop him speaking the word of God on the streets of Taunton. Today was the result that the police had been looking for.”

While Overd was convicted in regard to his speech on homosexuality, he was acquitted for speaking against Islam on the streets.


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  • Gary

    If you do not have the freedom to offend people, then you do not have freedom of speech. Anyone can claim they are offended by anything you say. A government that forbids the reading of the Bible is doomed. God will see to it that the UK is punished.

    • Paul Hiett

      Oh noes, England doesn’t allow hate speech…run for the hills!

      Now aren’t you glad you live in a country that allows you to spew as much hate and intolerance as you want?

      • Gary

        The US will go the way the UK has gone. Hate speech? God certainly does hate homosexuals. And their supporters. And God will show you in days to come just how much He hates you.

        • Paul Hiett

          Well, fortunately, that’s just your opinion, and just one of tens of thousands of religious opinions. I’m not too worried about it.

          • Gary

            Fine with me. You will have plenty of time to regret your choices.

          • Paul Hiett

            I doubt it. The odds are actually heavily in my favor.

          • Cobra

            may you enjoy your time in hell…

          • Paul Hiett

            Who says I’m going to hell? If I don’t believe in your particular version of whatever religion your parents raised you in, then I don’t have to worry about its consequences. You do, but I don’t.

            Isn’t belief awesome?

          • Cobra

            you sound like a little kid that covers their eyes and believes if they can’t see,, nobody else can see them either….just because you do not believe does not make you exempt from being judged…ALL will be held accountable…and all knees will bow, all will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord….but only those who names are written in the Lambs Book of Life will be invited in…covering your eyes will make no difference!!

          • MisterPine

            You are one of those tiresome Christian supremacists who gleefully rubs his hands together in anticipation of your paranoid revenge fantasy coming true – your bloodthirsty God throwing sinners (I.e. people who have the nerve to believe differently than you do) in the eternal fires of hell. And you wonder why some of us want no part of your crazy religion.

          • KenS

            No, he is one of the Christians that are trying to bring as many people to Christ as he can before the judgment day comes and therefore save them from the those eternal flames of hell before it is too late!

          • MisterPine

            That is no kind of Christianity I would want any part of. You should drop the ridiculous and hateful aspects of your faith and start over. Funny how most of the traditional Christians I know like Lutherans and Catholics and Methodists don’t hate the way you do.

          • KenS

            Where have i shown any hate, Is it hateful to try and save someone from burning in hell.

            Let me put it this way, is it hateful for me to warn people that a building they are in is on fire and try to show them where the fire escape is.
            That is what an evangelistic christian is doing when witnessing to a sinner.

          • MisterPine

            You people are unbelievable.

            You are basically fighting something that exists in other people which cannoy be changed any more than their hair color. You might be well-intentioned but you are wrong, and your religion is wrong. Homosexuality isn’t a disease or a condition or a sin.

          • Sientje Seinen

            but it is it a behaviour that is very addictive they are ensnared by satan to do his will and for evangelist to tell them of Christ whom sets them free of them being in bondage to their sinfull pleasures of the flesh is doing them a great favour at risk of being called a homophobe, a bigot and many other hatefull names. Just to save them from the hellfire

          • MisterPine

            Don’t respond to me anymore, ok? You’re crazy.

          • Sientje Seinen

            did they not say the same thing about Christ our Lord, that He had a devil, that He casts out devils by beelzebub, therefore why would the devil work against himself and free people from his demons? See they didnt know the Lord Christ Jesus either.

          • Cobra

            You didn’t make the world nor did I, (God, Yahweh) the creator of the world is the only one who decides what is sin and in his Holy book the Bible calls it a sin… do you have something from your creator that backs up your statement that homosexuality is not a sin or did misterpine get voted this year to call out your opinion for sins in 2015

          • MisterPine

            The Bible calls it sin? Science says it’s not. I choose to believe the scientists on this one, since they have studied it and no gay person I know has done anything different than what you or I did. All they did was fall in love. And you Christians have the nerve to tell them it’s the wrong kind? What is the matter with you?

          • Cobra

            Yes I agree you are free to believe science or who ever else says homosexuality is ok…but the Master and Creator of the universe does trump us all….you as well as myself will get a chance on the Great Judgement Day to present our case. I know that I am guilty of sin and without Jesus’s redeeming blood shed for me and all who accepts this free gift of eternal life would find hell their eternal home

          • Cobra

            Yes I do agree with you, that you are free to believe science or who ever else says homosexuality is ok. But do remember that Yahweh, the creator of the universe, his word does trump us all. We all will get our time before the Lord, on the Great Judgment Day to present our case. I know that I am guilty of sin and without receiving Jesus’s redeeming shed blood, myself as well as all others, will find hell their eternal home.

          • Cobra

            Yes I do agree, that you are free to believe science or whoever else says homosexuality is ok. But do remember that Yahaweh, the creator of the universe does trump us all. We all will get our time before the Lord, on the Great Judgment Day to present our case. I know that I am guilty of sin and without repentance and receiving Jesus’s redeeming shed blood , myself as well as all others will find hell their eternal home.

          • Sientje Seinen

            catholics dont know whom they worship, they have mary, dead saints, the pope, st christopher, the travelling saint, and so many more, they are not averse to worshipping statues and icons of their own making, one day they must eat fish every Friday the pope gives an edict and they are free to not eat fish, it is like the roman empire where they paid homage to ceasar now they pay homage to the pope.

          • MisterPine

            So you hate your fellow Christians the Catholics too, it figures. If you are a Chrustian then you have a debt to the Catholics because you branched from them, they were the original Christians. Read a history book.

          • Sientje Seinen

            so you have to be kidding, you havent got a clue about christianity at all, Christ created the church, He gave His life fore same, those whom confess that Jesus is the Christ the son of the Living God, are of His church, it is confessing our faith in Him as being our Lord that when we appear before the throne of mercy, the lord God forgives us our trespasses solely for the sake of Christ redemptive works at calvary. by the way He is no longer on the cross He has risen. the first church was at Jerusalem, remember pentecost where the Holy spirit was given. what has the Vatican to do with saving me from the grave or God’s wrath, was it the vatican that defeated satan and regained the keys to heaven and hell? neither was it Peter, it was Christ who sealed the new covenant with His blood Jeremiah 31 verse 31. I dont hate catholics lived among them for 20 years they are deluded by the Vatican. the seat of satan. Christ perfected Judaism, Rome is just the roman empire which paid homage to ceasar and now pay homage to their pope and their many icons.

          • MisterPine

            I learned all that stuff when I was young. Guess where? From the Catholic Church. You don’t even realize that you are hating your fellow Christians.

          • Sientje Seinen

            to tell a roman catholic not to believe that the church can save you, or that statues of mary, Joseph, st christopher medals have not power that they cant hear nor speak is idolatry, is love for them as they are being lied to, as the Lord God said “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” dont you believe in the Lord God of Israel?

          • MisterPine

            It’s not idolatry. Catholics don’t believe any of that nonsense, you have been lied to. No one worships statues, how utterly ridiculous.

        • raytheist

          Gary, you claim your god hates homosexuals. You also seem to make some threats about your god demonstrating that hate.

          How do you know such things?

          • Paul Hiett

            Jesus hates me this I know, for the Bible tells me so…

          • Peter Leh

            right. i did not learn that song either.

            in addition, I did not learn the verse ” for god so hated the world…..”

          • Paul Hiett

            That he sent his only flood to wipe them all out.

          • Peter Leh

            ha! well, yeah he did do that.

          • Paul Hiett

            But remember…he loves us!

          • Peter Leh

            that he does

          • Sientje Seinen

            how come you are here, if the Lord wiped them all out? you are now contradicting yourself.

          • Gary

            Whether Jesus loves you, or hates you will not change your future at all. You are now damned, and that will never change.

          • Peter Leh

            “You are now damned, and that will never change.”

            so you are god now? what does the bible say of those who make themselves god?

          • Gary

            Do you believe Hiett is now damned?

          • Peter Leh

            i have no idea. i am not god.

          • Gary

            Then you don’t believe the Bible.

          • Peter Leh

            again with the omniscience? Gary i am really concerned for you soul now.

          • Gary

            One need not be omniscient in order to understand the Bible. See John 3: 18 and 36. Those verses tell you what Hiett’s current status is.

          • Peter Leh

            you said his future will not change nor will it ever change.

          • Gary

            Right. He is damned now, and he always will be.

          • Paul Hiett

            Nope, I’m good with Odin.

          • Peter Leh

            And you KNOW he always will be?

            only god knows…. and you sir are not him

          • Gary

            God is not the only one who knows about that.

          • Peter Leh

            god is the only one who knows who is/will be saved.

          • Gary

            Wrong. I know I am saved. I know many people who are saved. And I know many who are not.

          • Peter Leh

            Wrong. you do not know for certain anyone else is saved except yourself. The rest is on THEIR word. nor do you have the power or authority to condemn in perpetuity. that belongs to god.

            so sorry buddy the one who takes over what god has reserved for himself would be the one who does not believe the bible 🙂

          • Gary

            For example, I know that Abraham, Jacob, David, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Luke, Peter, John, Paul, John the Baptist, and his parents, and Mary the mother of Jesus are saved. And that is but a small sample. Just because you don’t know something does not mean that others don’t.

          • Peter Leh

            That is all well a good… and off topic a bit… but the bottom line is ONLY GOD KNOWS if another is saved for sure. we can only guess and find out at judgement day.

            You said to another “You are now damned, and that will never change.”

            only god may make that determination and god’s name is not gary.

          • Paul Hiett

            But Gary, with over 42,000 denominations of Christianity, maybe you are the one who is not interpreting the Bible correctly. There’s a good chance you’ll be rejected at the Pearly gates…

          • Gary

            That is a very ignorant statement.

          • Paul Hiett

            Nothing I said is untrue.

          • Gary

            Most of what you say is untrue.

          • KenS

            Wrong, wrong, wrong!!!!!! HIs future will not be confirmed until his death, he has until his death! to repent and recieve the gift of salvation from Jesus. The only exception would be if he has committed the unpardonable sin of blaspheme of the Holy Spirit, and we do not know if he has done this or not, Only God knows this.

          • Sientje Seinen

            today it is true people like to sugarcoat anything or do what makes a person feel good, but this is not true to the Holy scriptures.

          • Paul Hiett

            Heck no, I’m considering going with Odin so I can hit up Valhalla. Sounds much more fun than your Heaven!

          • Sientje Seinen

            I believe that with God all things are possible and who knows like the thief on the cross, he can still come to the point where he will seek the Lord and may the Lord have mercy upon Him,

          • Jean Adams

            Jesus hates no one.

          • Sientje Seinen

            Paul that is not what Ken tells you, He tells you that Christ bore God;s wrath for you, to save you from hell fire, It is you that hates God and Christ for calling you to repent of your sins, and live. If you take pride and pleasure in your sins, it will lead to death, and still you will have to appear before the throne of Christ giving account of yourself and since people have told you of God’s love which is manifested in Christ you have no excuse.

          • Gary

            I have read the Bible.

          • raytheist

            No, Gary, perhaps you misunderstood my question. You believe what you believe because that’s how you interpret your Bible. I already know that. What I was asking is: How do you KNOW that what you BELIEVE is actually true?

          • Gary

            I have seen proof. For instance, I know God is real because I exist. If there was no God, I would not exist.

          • KenS

            Gary you may have read the bible, but you have no discernment of that bible, because if you did you would not spout off the hateful remarks that you do.

            Case in point:
            Ezekiel 18:21-23
            But if the wicked will turnfrom all his sins that he hath committed , and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live , he shall not die .

            22 All histransgressions that he hath committed , they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live .

            23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live ?

            It is God’s will that all repent and be saved, Hell was originally made for Satan only, but man’s sin must be paid for, God made a way for that sin to be paid for, through Christ, He has offered that free gift of salvation to all that will repent and accept his gift, for those who will not, he has no other choice but to send them to hell with Satan. Homosexuals have access to the same grace as any other sinner, you need to realize this and try to reach them through the Love of Christ instead of telling them how much God hates them, when God doesn’t hate them, He only hates the sinful lifestyle that have chosen to live in.

        • Rip Goforth

          Your statement is flawed. God hates homosexuality, yes. But he does not hate homosexuals themselves. Didn’t Jesus tell us to hate the sin but love the sinner? If God hated homosexuals he would be contradicting himself making him imperfect which would mean he couldn’t be God. His heart aches every time someone dies in sin, but what do his pleas do if no one listens? Didn’t Jesus say that in the last days that King David, Noah, and the prophet Elisha could come to warn us but that they would only succeed in saving themselves because no one would listen? God doesn’t allow sin, he doesn’t tolerate it. He’s trying to warn us that it’s bad but we won’t listen. Imagine if you’re working on a machine and it catches fire. You can’t put it out so you try to warn as many people as you can but most of them think you’re crazy so you gather up the few that will. As soon as you’re out of the building it explodes. Was it hateful to not force the people out of the building? Was it hateful to try to warn and show them the danger if they wouldn’t listen? To both of those questions, no. God is not a hateful god. He cares about us so much that he’s given us countless opportunities to be saved from the flames. It’s our own faults if we don’t escape.

          • Gary

            Where in the Bible did Jesus say, “love the sinner, but hate the sin”? I wonder if those who are in Hell right now think that God loves them?

          • KenS

            Mark 12:30-33 says:

            30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

            31 And the second is like, namely this * , Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

            32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for thereis one God; and there is none other but he:

            33 And to love him with all the heart,and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices

            This passage alone is pretty clear that you are to love people, it does not give any stipulation to only love them if they are not sinners as you are suggesting, it clearly states to love them as you love yourself, also here is more clarification on whom you are to love.
            Luke 10: 27-37
            27 And he answering said , Thou shalt love the Lord thy God withall thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind;and thy neighbour as thyself.

            28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right:this do , and thou shalt live .

            29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus,And who is my neighbour?

            30 And Jesus answering said , A certain man wentdown from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which * stripped him of his raiment , and wounded * him, and departed , leaving him half dead * .

            31 Andby chance there came down a certain priest that * way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side .

            32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at theplace, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side .

            33 But acertain Samaritan, as he journeyed , came where he was: and when he saw him,he had compassion on him,

            34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds,pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn,and took care of him.

            35 And on the morrow when he departed , he took out twopence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; andwhatsoever thou spendest more , when I come again * , I will repay thee.

            36Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell amongthe thieves?

            37 And he said , He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go , and do thou likewise.

            It is pretty clear that Jesus is saying we are to love all men here.

          • Sientje Seinen

            it depends of how you define love, lots of people have love of selves, love of their possession, but to love the Lord thy God with all your heart, mind and soul, since we are sinfull human beings, it is more in human nature to think of their own interests before even asking the Lord for guidance or seek Him in prayer.
            Actually Christ said this was the first commandment to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart mind and soul, and the second is to love your neighbour as yourself. I wonder is it possible to love your neighbor as yourself, unless the Love of God is in your heart, and is it not true that when one turns to Christ and repents, that God pours His love into our hearts? but since homosexuals are proud of their sins and even flaunt them in our streets, how is it possible for them to love the Lord thy God, unless they also turn to Christ the Holy One of Israel, who sealed the new covenant with His blood Jeremiah 31 verse 31. As it is Christ whom changes the hearts of men to serve the Living God.

          • Sientje Seinen

            Gary has it more right than you Rip goforth, as homosexuals when they do not repent of their sinfull ways, they mock Christ suffering, as this is why God sent Christ to call everyone to repentance and turn from their sins, did He not tell the adulteress, whom He forgave when she came before our Lord, “Go and sin no more” but for homosexuals to take pleasure in their sins is mocking Christ and provoking the Lord to anger. after all it is the person whom commits the sin, unless you believe that sin is not part of the sinners nature? that sounds like a contradiction.

        • Peter Leh

          so how does you evangelism begin when you tell them they should love a god that “hates” them?

          if anything it would seem you would be getting in the way of salvation. I would have to stand and be accountable for that.

          thank god the HS is bigger than us getting in the way

          • Sientje Seinen

            Since the law God gave forbade homosexuality, but that God in order to save His creation from satan send His only begotten Son and through Christ can we be reconciled to the Lord God as when we confess our sins and ask forgiveness the lord God looks on us with favor because of us acknowledging that Christ Jesus is Lord who is the redeemer of mankind there is no other saviour beside Him.

        • Jean Adams

          Most of the things I read on these pages is about what is wrong in the USA, and you have the gall to say the U.K. is worse. Judge not Gary lest you be judged. This is really not like you!

          • Gary

            What?

          • Paul Hiett

            Oh Jean, yes, yes it is VERY much like Gary.

          • Sientje Seinen

            but paul be honest are you now not judging Gary?

        • webshade

          “God certainly does hate homosexuals”.
          Gary, this is an untrue statement and very unbiblical. Before you were a Christian were you not also a sinner in need of Christ? Christ came to save sinners from their sins and the penalty of sin.
          We were all on our way to condemnation before we trusted in Christ. I know you know that Gary!

      • Bruce Morrow

        Warning: the above poster does NOT believe in FREE SPEECH, unless it is speech that AGREES WITH HIS OWN POINT OF VIEW. Otherwise it is “hate speech” according to Mr. Hiett.

        • Paul Hiett

          Not at all, Bruce. You obviously haven’t read many of my remarks, especially to Gary (who, btw, supports murdering gay people).

          In fact, I am all for freedom of speech, no matter how inflammatory and insulting it might be to someone (barring, obviously, someone yelling “fire”).

          I will always support your right to scream your hatred at the top of your lungs anywhere you want. On a street corner, in a park, on your porch…just about anywhere. It’s when you turn that speech into action that I take offense.

          • Gary

            I do not support murdering people. I support the government executing certain people who have committed certain crimes, and have been proven to be guilty.

          • Paul Hiett

            I do think we need BetterandBetter to post the screenshot again…

    • Bruce Morrow

      The United Kingdom is guilty of many crimes against the saints of God through the centuries. Great men such as William Tyndale, John Bunyan and the martyrs during Mary Tudor’s bloody reign. As the last days progress things will only get worse till believers in Jesus will have their heads chopped off (quite literally according to the Book of Revelation). Those days are approaching!

    • Jean Adams

      The U.K didn’t do this. Some potty lawyers and politicians did this. God will not punish those in U.K. (most of them) who had no say in this.

      • Gary

        Who elected the politicians that appointed the judges?

        • Peter Leh

          Gary did! because Gary is now god apparently. 🙂

          • Gary

            You are insane.

          • Peter Leh

            if quoting you insane…….

        • Jean Adams

          Most people don’t vote as the choice is between millionaires who have been to rich boy schools and are out of touch with ordinary folk.

          • Gary

            Similar to the situation in the USA.

  • Crono478

    Did I just read one part about the article that he was convicted for making homophobic statements but got acquitted for preaching against Islam? Especially, both actions can offend people.

    • Gary

      At the present time, homosexuals have more support in the UK than do muslims. But that might change with time because of the increasing numbers of muslims there.

      • Crono478

        Right, I’m pointing out an irony in this justice system. It wasn’t a crime for a person to do open-air preaching to spread gospel but not anymore.

        • Gary

          Their system has nothing to do with justice. And neither does the legal system in the USA.

          • Jean Adams

            Don’t know if you can get a programme on TV in USA called Revelation TV. This channel is an English true faith channel which is under constant attack from non Christians. Because they spoke God’s law regarding homosexuality etc. the British government were going to shut them down so they now broadcast from Spain. Support this channel as they say it how it is, even though people try to sue them a lot.

          • Bruce Morrow

            Funny Spain has aways been a stronghold of Romanism and opposed to the true Biblical gospel. The UK has really taken a nose-dive into the gutter quite literally!

  • FoJC_Forever

    Speaking against the sin of homosexuality isn’t hate speech, it is the Love of God to help people avoid the penalty of willingly seeking Sin. This is true with addressing all sins.

    Keep in mind that what you write on the internet and say to people recording you here in America can easily be used to attack you. Homosexuals don’t want freedom and equality, they want domination and control. However, this desire isn’t exclusive to homosexuals, they are but one cog in Satan’s machine to oppress those who love and follow Jesus Christ.

    The time is short and the workings of the spirits of antichrist are increasing exponentially. Keep seeking the Lord. Keep seeking His Righteousness and His Kingdom. The blathering and actions of the unbelievers can be painful, but they will not remove God’s people from the Father’s hand.

    • Bruce Morrow

      Good points and I will continue to FOLLOW God’s WORD the Bible and my Saviour Jesus Christ! We have a city where ONLY the SAVED will dwell for all ETERNITY. I read the back of God’s BOOK and we (the believers in Jesus) win!

  • Peter Leh

    Chilling…..

  • Justin Wishart

    The judge’s words offend me, let’s sue him

    • Bruce Morrow

      You mean the Muslim judge that sits on a Sharia Tribunnal Council? Perhaps the Muslim is planning the next terror attack in the lovely land called the United Kingdom! Time will tell!

  • TheBBP

    The Bible says that there will be days like this.

    If the courts are going to do that, they need to go through the Bible line-by-line and outlaw the parts that they don’t like and make clear and public statements and make law the version of the Bible that they deem acceptable.

    Show the folks that they are only free to speak as the government wishes. Remind them why we have an America today.

    • Bruce Morrow

      Free Speech is DEAD in the UK folks. That is obvious!

  • Jim Garrou

    So much for free speech in England! A shame too because this is the place where the KJV was birthed and preached for hundreds of years. Be ware! This type of harassment is coming to America soon and is the camel has got his nose already in the tent here.

    • Paul Hiett

      Harassment? Christians don’t know what real harassment is. You’re so used to dishing it out, that you’ve lost track of what it is like to be on the receiving end of it.

      • Bruce Morrow

        Boo Paul what “harrassment” are YOU complaining about???

        • Paul Hiett

          Let’s see…constantly being told that your deity hates me and that I’m going to hell. Constantly being told I’m with Satan, constantly being told how immoral I am, etc…should I really go on?

          I could also point out the 1700 years of persecution by Christians against atheists, but I’m sure you probably know all about that already.

          • Gary

            If you were not here wasting what is left of your existence, I would not be telling you that you are damned.

          • Paul Hiett

            Well, since I’ve chosen Odin, I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I get to go to Valhalla and drink and fight and f**k. You’ll be stuck in Heaven with your card tables and plastic plates and crappy spaghetti from the Church “kitchen” while I’m gnawing a beef rib, drinking mead, and picking out my female companionship for the night.

          • Gary

            If you really believe that, you are insane.

          • Paul Hiett

            What’s wrong with believing in a different religion than you?

            What you just said is that Jews, Muslims, Taoists, Hindu’s, SIkh’s…any member of a different religion than you is insane.

            Not very tolerant of different beliefs, are you? In fact, it appears you would oppress and insult those of other religions, at the same time complaining about how those worshipers are oppressing and insulting you.

            There’s a word for people like you, Gary. “Hypocrite”.

          • Gary

            Religions different from Christianity are false.

          • Better AndBetter

            They say the same thing about you Gary.

            You have as much valid evidence for your mythology as they do theirs.

          • Gary

            I have more.

          • Better AndBetter

            No… no you don’t.

            Isn’t lying a “sin”?

          • Regina Forbes

            I agree. It’s not just “some book” that we get our faith from, it’s also the experience of being a believer. There’s this “je ne sais quoi” that goes with accepting the free gift of salvation. There really is a change that is indescribable that goes with having a personal relationship with one’s Creator. Sadly though, some people won’t even allow themselves to take a gamble on it. -eh- oh well, they hate what they don’t understand. God bless you Gary for trying to reach these people. As for me, I’ve given up on them.

          • Paul Hiett

            But…but…they have the Bible!!!!

          • Paul Hiett

            Oh of course they are, because of all the evidence regarding religion that exists…

          • Sientje Seinen

            In some way you are right as the Lord looks at the heart of mankind, but to say there is any other way to heaven except through Christ our Lord and saviour, then you are mistaken, as the Jews were promised the messiah, not everyone in Israel rejected Christ as the Messiah as He healed many, had many followers except those whom were jealous of His popularity they sought to kill Him, and so through their rejection salvation has come to us, as His disciples brought us the message of salvation in Christ and they were Jewish, so christianity is rooted in Judaism as Christ came to perfect Judaism.

          • Better AndBetter

            No more so than you, sweetie!

          • Obi

            You really believe that crap? You must be real desperate to avoid the repercussions for living a probably lascivious lifestyle. Well, TV he choice is yours… has always been and will always be… that is, until your eyes close in death. Then it’s not your choice anymore., only God’s judgment. People go out of their way to help you understand the stakes and you call it ‘persecution’. Well, suit yourself. Newsflash! Odin NEVER EVER saved anybody and you won’t be the first or last one he’ll disappoint. Valhalla ain’t real man! Wake up while there is yet time!

          • Sientje Seinen

            lol must have been the United church as cards are tools from satan, since people gamble with cards so I doubt that card tables are in heaven, and since it is written “No eye has seen nor ear has heard what God has laid up for those who love Him:” I think it would be something more than plastic plates, stereo foam cups and spagghetti, where they forgot to put in the meatballs.

          • Daniel Allen

            Odin?Really ?

          • http://www.splinterslair.com splinter48708

            Paul…Contrary to what you’ve been told. And, please listen to what I need to tell you…Whoever told you that God hates you was wrong. The Bible states that God loves all His Children, even if they are sinners, he loves us enough that if we ask him, he will forgive us. If we ask him to, and accept Jesus Christ into our hearts and admit that while Jesus died on the Cross, he rose on the third day.

            Odin is a Norse Myth. As Zeus is a Greek Myth. They are not gods. Sure, we see actors portraying Odin, or the Mighty Thor or Zeus or Ares or some other mythological god who smites those who dared question their authority or doesn’t tithe/pay tribute to them. But, unlike those myths, only the Father God, His son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are still around and they predate Islam, survived against the other myths and will survive against Islam as well.

            Your actions, Paul, is what will damn your soul. But, if you turn away from your sins, instead of fearing your damnation, embrace the Grace.

            In the Norse myths, Valhalla is reserved for the mightiest of warriors, by the way. Likewise, in the Greek Myths, there was two places where souls went: Tartarus for the evil-doers and the Elysian Field for those people who lived good lives and were judged by Hades upon their death to either one or the other.

            If you accept Christ, you are assured your place in His Mansion in Heaven and avoid being told that your destination is in Hell.

          • Paul Hiett

            Whoa whoa whoa…are you not aware that those “mythical” gods were, and are, very real to the people who worship them? You discounting their religious beliefs for the sole reason you believe in yours is extremely hypocritical. I know you look on Odin and Thor and Zeus and Apollo as “mythical” deities, and/or comic book characters, but they are every bit as “real” as your choice of a deity.

            Just because you choose not to believe in them, doesn’t mean they aren’t real to their worshipers.

            And yes, people still do follow those religions.

          • Regina Forbes

            God bless you splinter for trying to level with these people. Honestly though, I think they are the type of people described in Matthew 7:6. Some people just have hard hearts.

          • lynn

            Better yet Romans 9: 20-22

          • The Last Trump

            Let me see if I understand this correctly.
            The anti-Christian, God-hating troll commenting on the Christian website EVERY DAY, is complaining about being harassed by Christianity!!
            Wow. Just…wow. Sorry “we’re” harassing “you” Paul (?)
            We’ll try to …. stop … letting you … comment here…? Um…Yeah.

          • Sientje Seinen

            if one is constantly told that God calls homosexuality an abomination, and if one doesnt repent, then you are in danger of the judgment, and since you hate being admonished, would that not make you think, you just might be on the road that leads to destruction? why are so upset about having to change your viewpoint would a person whom cares not look it up and see if they have a basis upon which they tell you these things? strange that it only festered hatred in your heart for those people where Christ tells you to love your enemies?

        • Regina Forbes

          I’m sure our friend Paul H. is certainly ready to dish out some harassment. ya know, just to “show us a thing or two”. As if the genocide of believers worldwide just isn’t enough for these people.
          Oh well, as it says in 2 Corinthians 4:17- they’re nothing more than a “temporary light affliction”…kind of like a mosquito buzzing around one’s ears.

      • Els

        That’s called your conscience. Why else would you bother coming to a christian site and harping on about something you consider irrelevant? Why not go to a Muslim site??? after all muslims stone homosexuals and the UK is being overrun by muslims. Now that is something to worry about. But, you are here because your conscience condemns you-as the bible says. It really doesn’t matter whether a pathetic human court convicts a follower of Jesus because ultimately the judge and you will have to stand before a Holy God and give account!!

    • Jean Adams

      The choice to sue for everything is an ugly habit which the English caught from the Americans. Seems to me the woman deliberately asked him a question about his stance on homosexuality so she could cause problems for him. Just like when bakeries and hotels are targeted. This is an all out assault on Christian values, as it says it would be in the last days.

      • http://www.TrustChristOrGoToHell.org VINDICATOR

        This was not a private suit. The Crown filth are using undefinable subjective statutes to persecute Christians.

    • Bruce Morrow

      Don’t forget the great men of God John Wycliff, William Tyndale and John Bunyan!

    • dickEm

      When one can no longer raise their voice, its time to raise a sword. Violence is the only way, shouting at people on a street is not going to work, a few dead judges will be far more effective, I’m sorry that’s where it is, we have run this countries borders like a county fair anyone or anything can get in and they are taking over. Get mean or get used to extermination.

  • Bruce Morrow

    The UK’s “Public Order Act” is a sham and needs to be repealed. “Emotional harm” what rubbish if I ever heard it. Funny the street preacher stood before a judge who happens to be a Muslim on the Sharia law-based Muslim Arbitration Tribunal. Something really sounds fishy about that! So much for FREE SPEECH in the United Kingdom! Of course we all know this PUBLIC ORDER ACT will be constantly used AGAINST Christians time and time again!

    • Gary

      That is the purpose of the Public Order Act.

  • Chris Sinclair

    Judge Shamim Qureshi, a Muslim who also serves as the presiding judge at the Sharia law-based Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, declared Overd guilty of violating the Public Order Act for his remarks about homosexuality. Yet homosexuality is the death penalty under Islam. Incredible hypocrisy. In the UK you can be Muslim, stand on a street corner preaching hate and terrorism. No arrest. No hate crime charges. If you are Christian and quote the bible, swift persecution. Even Stevie Wonder can see the Anti Christ coming out the closet.

    • Peter Leh

      “Judge Shamim Qureshi, a Muslim who also serves as the presiding judge at
      the Sharia law-based Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, declared Overd guilty
      of violating the Public Order Act for his remarks about homosexuality. Incredible hypocrisy.”

      Why? MAT’s are voluntary the UK law is not. If anything it shows Qureshi can be trusted to do his job?

      that said the law against free speech is indeed chilling for those on all sides of the issue.

  • webshade

    I wonder if England will ever start book burnings?

  • Choochoochick69

    To the Desenter…Why are you on this site? Jesus says that His ‘sheep’ hear His voice,and follow Him”. If is obvious that you are NOT one of His Sheep, Clearly you don’t need a Shepherd….So why are you here? If God does not exist to you, why are you so angry at Him? God does not ‘hate’ you….He loves you. He wants a personal,intimate,one on one relationship with you. Jesus is real…whether you believe in Him,or not. His existence is not contingent upon your belief. I’d be happy to explain the true meaning of Christianity to you. It has been distorted and weaponized. People have been ‘killing each other,in the name of the Lord,,,” since the beginning of time…They are not followers of Christ. True Christians are not denominational. True Christians are not hateful or violent. God does not hate the sinner, He hates the sin. Lying,stealing,murder,adultery, homosexuality, and many others. There are no ‘big’ sins…or ‘little’ sins to God. He hates it all. Please know that His love for you is real. I love you, too…believe it or not.

  • SFBruce

    This kind of thing is highly unlikely in this country. In 2011, our Supreme Court upheld the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to continue their demonstrations at funerals. I think most people, including Chrisitians, would consider this Church’s activities vile, and yet I think the Court got it right. That said, if you want to influence an LGBT person, I wouldn’t start by telling them they should be put to death.

    • Gary

      It is VERY likely in this country. I would say inevitable.

      • SFBruce

        Based on what? Have you reviewed Snyder v. Phelps? If that doesn’t show a huge commitment to First Amendment liberties, I don’t know what does.

        • Gary

          What happened in the past matters little to people who believe rights are granted by governments, morality is subjective, and the US Constitution is a “living document” to be given its meaning by the courts. Which most of the members of the SC believe.

          • SFBruce

            Except in this case, the government and SCOTUS both happen to agree with you. Personally, I don’t want to live in a theocracy based on the revealed word of Gary, which seems to be the only thing which would satisify you.

          • Gary

            Would you like to live in a theocracy based on the Bible?

          • SFBruce

            Of course not, I value freedom of conscience. Would you? And if the answer is “Yes,” whose interpretation of the Bible would be the basis of this theocracy? Yours? The Roman Catholic Church? The Southern Baptist Convention or Seventh Day Adventists?

          • Gary

            Jesus Christ will be in charge when he returns. How would you like that?

          • Paul Hiett

            Based on the Bible, I don’t think anyone would be happy with that.

          • Gary

            It will be based on the Bible, and all the Christians will be happy with it. But I understand why you would not like it.

          • SFBruce

            Whose interpretation of the Bible? Unless or until Jesus actually returns you’re going to need someone other than Him to indicate exactly how the Bible should be used to run a government.

          • Gary

            There won’t be a theocracy based on the Bible anywhere on earth until Jesus returns. Would you like to live in a theocracy run by Jesus Christ?

          • SFBruce

            It’s my personal conviction that that won’t be happening.

          • Gary

            The Bible says it will. And the Bible has more credibility with me and other Christians than you do. I expected you would not be excited about a theocracy run by Jesus Christ.

          • Sientje Seinen

            nevermind as Christ will gather those to Himself whom believe on Him and His Word, the rest the wrath of God will come upon them as they try to flee His wrath, so that they ask mountains to fall on them, so great is the terrible day of the lord.

          • SFBruce

            I don’t mind answering that question, but I’m going to wait until you’ve answered mine first.

          • Gary

            I would be happy to have a theocracy run by Jesus Christ. How about you?

  • Frank

    The people that complained against the street preacher were in no way Christians. They were agents of Satan. They do not know Jesus and have no share in His Kingdom.

  • Edith Wherton

    Interesting choice: stand up for the gay or the Christian. What a moral dilemma,However will the muslim explain that on the day of Judgement? Just tell the offended party to Suck it up cupcake, this is …never mind its England.

    • Sientje Seinen

      what if you stand by the muslims, then what, since muslims do not approve of abortions or homosexuality either, except the christians warn them, whereas the muslins it is “Off with their heads”

      • Tristan A

        Depends the country, in uganda it is of the heads too

  • TheBBP

    It might not be a full decade before this begins in the USA.

  • Mr. Avatar

    Who’s the real bully here and it’s not the street preacher. You people are pure evil and an abomination to God! You will not win the war on Christians!

    • Paul Hiett

      “War on Christians”

      Seriously?

  • sammy13

    “On Monday, Judge Shamim Qureshi, a Muslim who also serves as the presiding judge at the Sharia law-based Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, declared Overd guilty of violating the Public Order Act for his remarks about homosexuality.”

    And this is how it starts. Allowing sharia to get it’s foot into the door. First it crawls, then baby steps with some teetering and falling down, then stability. Before you know it, sharia is running full speed, unabated. So much for the love and tolerance of Islam.

  • John Wright

    No More Compromise
    The world said we were to harsh , and that we spoke against their lives.
    So we held our peace around them, and began to compromise.

    They said our teachings to condemning. That their voices were not heard.
    Trying hard not to offend them, we watered down God’s Holy word.

    They said our lives were not worth living. That our God did not exist.
    We were fools for just believing, in a God that they dismissed.

    The church became deathly silent, hardly speaking words at all.
    And if we did they said we’re judging. So they started changing laws.

    Taking from us all our freedoms so we could no longer speak,
    But they could not quench God’s Spirit, in his children who believe.

    We started seeking God the Father , and repented of our sins .
    From the heavens he then heard us, cleansed and made us whole again.
    Pressing in ever closer, to the Spirit of the Lord.
    His anointing started flowing, stronger now then had before.

    In his presence a fire growing, spreading far across the earth ,
    His Holy Spirit rests on his people. Now preparing to give birth.
    With a boldness in the Spirit ,our eyes began to shine God’s light .
    Taking up Gods Holy armor we are now prepared to fight.

    With the Father now that’s leading, speaking boldly in Christ’s name .
    Battle lines have now been drawn, for we no longer are the same.
    With God’s fire within our belly, in one voice we now stand.
    As we move in his Spirit ,God is shaking up the land .

    Standing strong against the evil ,that had taken hold of man.
    We are now a mighty Army, as we follow God’s command.
    Across the world, we are standing ,as his witness forever more.
    And to the evil we’re declaring, Christ is the king and lord of Lords.

    In his presence brightly shining, in our garments now made white.
    A shout from heaven of his coming ,as His trumpet splits the sky.
    In an instant we start rising to the heavens full of light.
    As we meet our blessed savior, in the twinkling of an eye.

    As we rise God’s judgements falling, on a earth of sin and pride.
    Who would not heed His Spirit calling, and refused God’s Son that died

    Copyright © 2013 John Wright

    • Parque_Hundido

      I agree. We should send all anti-gay bigots to prison.

      • Sientje Seinen

        and the Lord said when He separated the sheep from the goats, “I was in prison and you visited me, I was hungry and you gave me bread, I was naked and you clothed, me” so come and inherit the everlasting kingdom and to the goats he said, “I condemn you to everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels, and so the sheep are ever with the Lord and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes

        • Parque_Hundido

          Said the lord Donna Summer: I feel love.

        • Parque_Hundido

          Looks like you’ll have lots of opportunities to visit people in prison.

  • millers3888

    I find it ironic how Christians say LGBT people shove their lifestyle/agenda down their throats when I can’t ride on the subway to work without a Christian preacher preaching about homosexuality.

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  • Phipps Mike

    “a charge of causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act.” and ““I cannot interpret the law in the way Mr. Overd and his legal team ask,” he continued. “Such a decision would not be the upholding of equal human rights and would be seized upon by fundamentalists and extremists to be the first step to public disorder.”

    seems self explanatory. The law is there to keep peace.

    • Gary

      That is not the purpose. The purpose is to allow the government to restrict the speech it wants to restrict.

  • Tai Wong

    Those that claim to be christian and brought the case to court or argued such as not christian will no doubt one day stand in a higher court to answer for their violation of bringing Overd to court to God’s court.

  • Kachina

    Welcome to the New World Order…this man was not punished by the Judge for speaking against Gays but against Islam.. Muslims despise Gays and will kill on site.. England, you have a serious problem and your own citizens are in danger..

  • lenatoledo38

    It just evidences that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is on His Way!

  • Parque_Hundido

    He should go to prison for hatemongering.

  • http://www.TrustChristOrGoToHell.org VINDICATOR

    GodHatesFags.com Leviticus 20:13 commands DEATH2FAGS!

    The Belfast SS RUC arrested me eight times in two years and put me in prison for two months for PREACHING similar/same things.

    TRUST CHRIST OR GO TO HELL!

    • tyler

      I’m not a fan of any religion – but I think you might need some help with marketing – not sure if you’re getting through to anyone with this rhetoric.

      • http://www.TrustChristOrGoToHell.org VINDICATOR

        Try this: save your family, save your nation, bring back the Death Penalty for HOMOS! 🙂

        OR: Membership/Citizenship Shall be RESTRICTED to heterosexuals only. 🙂

        Very positive. Yes. Vote Yes.

        • tyler

          Do you do anything else with your time besides declaring death to gay people ? I’m pretty sure your Jesus would think you’re seriously lacking in other areas

          • http://www.TrustChristOrGoToHell.org VINDICATOR

            LOL! You love to attack Christians with your unbelief and try to get them – and God – accept you as your proud, unbelieving, queer promoting self. That is all you do. smh

          • tyler

            I’m not promoting anything here – I am on the defense about how I feel you are erroneously treating human beings that are not affecting the way you live your life in any way whatsoever.

            Show me something useful you’ve done or said, that isn’t related to gay bashing or threatening non-believers with rotting in hell for eternity, and I will tip my hat to you.

          • http://www.TrustChristOrGoToHell.org VINDICATOR

            I don’t have to show you anything, queerboy. Now, GO TO HELL.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    UK’s violation against all Christians. They may arrest everyone who speaks the truth as well. The homosexuals need proclamation of God’s Word in order to live again.

  • James Snapp, Jr.

    The Clash were right! In Britain, “You have the right to free speech, as long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it.” (from “Know Your Rights”)

  • Tristan A

    Besides the legalities, it is also a matter of decency. Having a religion is similar to having a p.nis. It is nice to have one, it can give you a real good feeling, it is good for your ego and can bring you lots of satisfaction. Still you are not supposed to rub it in somebody else’s face!