Saturday, September 09, 2006

Freedom of speech vs. Freedom from Offense

These two values are incompatible. But one is in our constitution - while the other, a new "value" that accompanies the rise of Jewish power in America - is intended to exempt only blacks, Jews, and homosexuals for free speech they don't want to hear.

Just as it happened here in Philadelphia last Summer, a Christian has been arrested for distributing anti-homosexual literature - this time in England.

Daily Telegraph
Christian defends right to hand out anti-gay leaflets
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent

A prominent Christian campaigner yesterday denied that he had breached public order by handing out anti-homosexual leaflets at a gay festival. Stephen Green also led protests against the BBC broadcast of Jerry Springer: the Opera.

Stephen Green, the national director of Christian Voice, was arrested at the Mardi Gras festival in Cardiff at the weekend after distributing hundreds of leaflets entitled "Same-sex love – Same-sex sex: What does the Bible say?"

Green, 54, pleaded not guilty to using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause harassment or distress when he appeared before Cardiff magistrates. Mike Curry, prosecuting, said: "Some of the people at the festival objected to the contents of the leaflet and police arrested him."

Green is clearly allowed freedom of expression so there remains serious concern about this case." Green, of Carmarthen, who last year led protests against the BBC's broadcast of Jerry Springer: the Opera, was remanded on unconditional bail until Sept 28. He said later: "I thank God for the honour of being locked up for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

One of his supporters, Pastor Samuel Wright, said: "Stephen was handing out leaflets in a peaceful manner and left when he was asked to do so." He just wanted to express his Christian views and in doing so was exercising one of the fundamental freedoms we enjoy in this country." He was teaching a clear aspect of the gospel which is a book the court uses to swear in defendants and witnesses. It is ironic that he had to appear in court to justify teaching words from the Bible."

Ron Horne, another supporter, who accompanied Green to the two-day festival, said: "Stephen was not abusive. He never would be. It is not his nature." One or two people said they were offended and we apologise for offending them but we insisted it was our rightful privilege to hand out leaflets. We have every right to teach the words of a religion which is fundamental to our culture." The police said that they had moved Green on but he had allegedly refused to stop handing out the leaflets and was arrested.He was charged by the force's minorities support unit after refusing to accept a formal caution.

The leaflets contained quotations from the 1611 King James Bible, including one from the Old Testament saying: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination." They also urged homosexuals to "turn from your sins and you will be saved".


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