Quoting the Koran won't get you banged up and prosecuted in nominally Christian Britain, but quoting the Bible will. How insane is that? Mike Overd, a former paratrooper turned Christian preacher, has just been prosecuted for "threatening behaviour" under the Public Order Act after talking on the street about homosexuality, where he invoked Leviticus 20:13 from the Old Testament, which states:
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Such a statement is pretty strong stuff and I have a degree of sympathy for the woman who reported him to the police after claiming to have been distressed by such inflammatory words, but there is more to this story than meets the eye.
The first is that the judge who found Mr Overd guilty is a Muslim by the name of Shamim Qureshi who also presides over Sharia courts in England. Now, no matter how unpleasant the Leviticus quote might be, the idea that a Muslim activist can find a Christian guilty of quoting the Bible in Christian Britain must surely set some alarm bells ringing, one would have thought.
But apparently not. This outrage was reported by Christian Today several days ago and has been completely ignored by the mainstream media, which no doubt agree that prosecuting Christians is quite right if they dare to question the Holy Grail of progressive liberal orthodoxy. Clearly PC Plod thought the same thing too, as did the Crown Prosecution Service, which as an institution has not so much been long marched through than steam-rollered into a Soviet-style apparatus redolent of Stalin's Show Trial era. (continue reading...)(...more)