Another blow to civil rights in Britain

The Telegraph reports:

A police community support officer ordered two Christian preachers to stop handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham. The evangelists say they were threatened with arrest for committing a “hate crime” and were told they risked being beaten up if they returned. The incident will fuel fears that “no-go areas” for Christians are emerging in British towns and cities, as the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, claimed in The Sunday Telegraph this year. . .

West Midlands Police, who refused to apologise, said the incident had been “fully investigated” and the officer would be given training in understanding hate crime and communication.

(Via Instapundit.)

The police threaten people with arrest and violence for exercising their freedoms of speech and religion, and then they won’t even apologize. Good thing Mark Steyn is alarmist. If one didn’t know that, one might worry that Britain is dying.

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