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Post  ChristianLady on Tue 06 Apr 2010, 5:50 pm



An American street preacher has been arrested and fined £1000 in Glasgow for telling passersby, in answer to a direct question, that homosexual activity is a sin. Shawn Holes was kept in jail overnight on March 18, and in the morning pled guilty to charges that he had made “homophobic remarks…aggravated by religious prejudice,” reports Hilary White, LifeSiteNews.com.

Holes, a 47 year-old former wedding photographer from Lake Placid, New York, was in Glasgow as part of a preaching tour of Britain with a group of British and American colleagues. He said, “I was talking generally about Christianity and sin.”

“I only talked about these other issues because I was specifically asked. There were homosexuals listening – around six or eight – who were kissing each other and cuddling, and asking ‘What do you think of this?’” A group of homosexuals approached police with a complaint. Holes later said that the situation seemed like a “set-up by gay campaigners.”

“When asked directly about homosexuality, I told them homosexuals risked the wrath of God unless they accepted Christ.”

The charge, under the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003, has angered freedom of speech advocates in Britain and has even been criticized by homosexualist campaigner Peter Tatchell who called the £1,000 “totally disproportionate.” Local Christians supporting the preaching ministry took up a collection and paid the fine.

Tatchell told the Daily Mail, “The price of freedom of speech is that we sometimes have to put up with opinions that are objectionable and offensive. Just as people should have the right to criticize religion, people of faith should have the right to criticize homosexuality. Only incitements to violence should be illegal.”

Holes relates that at the same time he had been asked for his views on Islam and had said he believed there is only one true Christian God and that the Prophet Mohammed is a “sinner like the rest of us.”

He said that two men who were listening spoke to police officers who approached him and said, “These people say you said homos are going to Hell.”

“I told them I would never say that, because I don't use the term homo. But I was arrested.”

Peter Kearney, a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Glasgow told the Scotsman, “We supported [hate crime] legislation but it is very difficult to see how this man can be charged for expressing a religious conviction.

“The facts of this case show his statement was clearly his religious belief. Yes, it is strong language he has used, but it is obviously a religious conviction and not a form of discrimination.”

Gordon Macdonald, of Christian Action Research and Education for Scotland, said, “This is a concerning case. I will be writing to Chief Constable Stephen House of Strathclyde Police for clarification of the guidance given to police officers in these situations.”

In related news, a district judge has thrown out the case against another street preacher, Paul Shaw, who was arrested on February 19 in Colchester over comments he made about homosexual activity. Shaw, who did not plead guilty, said, “I’ve preached regularly for about three or four years without incident.

“In four years, I’ve only dealt with homosexuality about twice.” Shaw told the judge that he was obliged to act according to his conscience and that homosexuality was a significant issue in Britain today. The case was dismissed through lack of evidence and written testimony from complainants.

Shaw said, “My reasons were twofold. Firstly, there is a consequence for the country and society if society does not appreciate the difference between right and wrong, particularly noticeable by homosexuality.

“As a nation, we are coming under God’s judgment not very far away in the future and there will be terrible consequences for this if it is not made unlawful again. Secondly, on a personal level, as with all other sins, it needs to be repented of in order to enter the Kingdom of God.”

District Judge David Cooper told Shaw, “There are other sorts of ‘sins’. Do you think you could concentrate on those for a bit?”

Meanwhile, a new study conducted on behalf of religious think-tank Theos has shown that nearly 1/3 of British people think that Christians are being marginalized and religious freedom has been restricted. The report’s author Professor Roger Trigg, wrote, “A free society should never be in the business of muzzling religious voices, let alone in the name of democracy or feigned neutrality.”

“We also betray our heritage and make our present position precarious if we value freedom, but think that the Christian principles which have inspired the commitment of many to democratic ideals are somehow dispensable,” Professor Trigg said.

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Post  WARRIOR on Tue 06 Apr 2010, 7:04 pm

In the midwest preachers are arrested in USA for preaching the gospel on the street corners. It is against the law and thrown in jail. You can do up to 10 years in jail for preaching the gospel IN AMERICA. Know this... God is on the throne. And HE is sovereign. He raises up vessels of honor and dishonor, to test his children, to chastise us and to get us to turn to him.
The Lord said to not think it strange when we face trials and temptations for our faith. Actually he only paid a fine. In other countries you get killed, jailed, tortured and your whole family for believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is soon going to happen here in USA. We are a Socialist country shooting for a global government, which is nothing more than the bible prophecy becoming fulfilled. The Antichrist will set up and rule a one world government. Christians in US surprise me by their elitist attitude that somehow they are above all the pain for the gospel. They remind me of someone trying to hold onto a sinking ship, that being a country that is failing. We were never meant to fall in love with the world or the things of it. These things make us drift away from Christ. These are my thoughts: We should consider it our duty and service to suffer for Christ. In Jesus there is no American, Russian, ETC. There is just one body. We need to feel each others pain and pray and intercede for one another.

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Post  Waqar Daniel on Tue 06 Apr 2010, 7:39 pm

This is my perception. I believe that preachers who preach on streets should not be allowed by the Church Council. I have seen videos, where by standers hoot these preachers. They swear at Jesus make fun of Heavenly Father. They would go naked and make obscene gestures. What kind of preaching is this? I believe that preaching is worship and we should do it to win souls and not to make mockery out of something that is holy.


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Post  WARRIOR on Wed 07 Apr 2010, 12:09 pm

Amen brother! We are to go out in twos to preach the gospel. If it is not in the bible
then it is not right. And our lives will bear a testimony.... How? Our HOLY lives living for him will draw people to the Lord. I agree so much with you brother.
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