THIS is why our First Amendment rights are SO. FREAKING. IMPORTANT.
This didn’t happen in America – it happened in London – but we need to take heed… because we’re not far off.
An elderly Christian man chose to preach the word of Jesus on a public sidewalk. He was ARRESTED because he might offend the Muslims in the area.
And then they TOOK HIS BIBLE.
A Christian preacher this afternoon was arrested at Southgate station London N14 for preaching about Jesus . @CConcern the police told him it’s because public had said he was being islamophobic . We have the full video and wondered when preaching was now illegal ? @Campaign4T pic.twitter.com/ZxC1DhlZCf
— EyeOnAntisemitism (@AntisemitismEye) February 23, 2019
A video capturing the arrest of a man preaching on the streets of London is going viral, as the man is told by one of the officers that “nobody wants to listen to that.”
The unidentified black man, tagged on social media as a preacher, is seen being approached by a couple of bobbies, who accuse him of being racist.
According to a tweet from London based Eye on Antisemitism, which included the video, the officers said that people accused him of Islamophobia — the short clip the group shared does not capture anything that would be prompt the accusation.
The tweet read: “A Christian preacher this afternoon was arrested at Southgate station London N14 for preaching about Jesus.
@CConcern the police told him it’s because public had said he was being islamophobic.
Take this is a warning, America.
“What are you doing here?” the officer can be heard asking the man.
“I am preaching,” he responded.
“You’re preaching,” the officer said, repeating the man’s words. “I am going to require you to go away.”
“You can never!” the man exclaimed.
Except the police officer can, as this isn’t the United States of America and there is no Constitution guaranteeing the right to free speech.
“Okay, then I will arrest you for breach of peace, plain and simple,” the officer tells the man, who then asked, “What breach of peace?”
“It’s what you’re doing at the moment,” the officer replied. “You’re posing problems. You’re disturbing people’s days, and you’re breaching their peace.”
He tells the man if he won’t go away voluntarily, they’ll have to arrest him.
“I will not go away because I need to tell them the truth,” the man insisted. “Jesus is the only way, the truth and life, and nobody…”
“I appreciate that, but nobody wants to listen to that,” the officer interrupted. “They want you to go away.”
There used to be a guy who set up on my college campus and tell people walking by they were whores and going to hell and such. He was a real TREAT. But you know what? IT WAS HIS RIGHT TO DO SO.
And I will FOREVER stand by that. Even when I HATE the message that’s coming out of their mouths.
This cannot be who we become.