Yet another UK free speech arrest

The Telegraph reports:

Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) 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 Wokington, 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 . . . was taken to the police station in the back of a marked van and locked in a cell for seven hours.

Sadly, this happens all the time in today’s UK: 1, 2, 3, 4. It’s sad to see the society that invented individual liberty abandoning it.

(Via Hot Air.)

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