Preacher arrested in UK for calling homosexual conduct sinful :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

London, England, May 4, 2010 / 08:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a case which has disturbed religious freedom advocates, a preacher in the English town of Workington was reportedly arrested for describing homosexual conduct as a sin after a public sermon. A Baptist from Workington, the 42-year-old Dale McAlpine was preaching in the town on April 20. He said he never spoke about homosexuality during his public sermon, which was delivered from the top of a stepladder, the Telegraph reports.

McAlpine said that he later quietly listed homosexual practice among a number of sins referred to in 1 Corinthians during a debate with a woman passerby.

She was then approached by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), who spoke with her briefly.

The officer approached McAlpine and identified himself as a homosexual who was a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender liaison officer. He said a complaint had been made against the Baptist.

According to McAlpine, the PCSO warned him not to say homosexual conduct is sinful because it would be a crime. The preacher told the officer that it is not a crime to describe same-sex practice as a sin.

Police officers later arrived on the scene during another of McAlpine’s sermons. They arrested him and charged him with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” contrary to Section 5 of the Public Order Act. They claim he made the alleged offending remark in a voice loud enough to be overheard by others.

According to the Telegraph, the act was introduced in 1986 to tackle violent rioters and football hooligans. Its use against a preacher has caused concerns among Christians that it is being used to curb religious free speech.

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I wonder hat is next in the UK, also keeping in mind the coverage by Investigate Magazine last year on the developments in the UK. Can we soon expect the Bible to be blacklisted in the UK, because it contains material that may not be politically correct or disturbing to some members of society? Or will the UK have it’s own cleaned up and compliant version of the Bible?

If the reported facts did not indicate otherwise one would think this is a very bad joke.

3 thoughts on “Preacher arrested in UK for calling homosexual conduct sinful :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

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  2. I have just read the article about the preacher who was arrested in Workington for calling homosexuality a sin. If your story is accurate, then your concern is more than justified. It is a blatant interference with the right to free speech and freedom of opinion. Had he called upon the crowd to elimiminate and exterminate thomosexuals as abominations to the Lord, then an arrest would, of course, justified!

    Although I agree with what your column says on this issue, would you consider changing its name? To become a renaissance man is something we might strive for and an expression we might use to describe another person whose qualities we admired. To use it in respect of oneself is, perhaps, a little presumptious.

    • Hi Jonathan, thank you for your comment.

      Re Workington
      I would have to agree with your first comment, it is indeed a blatant interference with our right to free speech and I would go as far as saying our freedom of religion. I am preparing a somewhat longer article on the subject matter of sin and running ahead of the matters discussed there, the Bible is clear about homosexuality and defines that as sin, so we should be able to express that as a Christian. Calling upon the crowds in the way you described it would at the same time be a no-no and a big one. Whom are we to judge others, and even punish them as you outlined. We could perhaps all be more involved in getting that plank removed out of our own eyes before we start judging others and even consider punishing them. In my view that would be as much as trying to sit on the throne of exactly the one we gave our lives to, pretending to be God. I try to salute every single human being at least as a fellow human being, focusing on what makes us all equal: the tax man, death and that we have all sinned (Romans 3:23) so instead of judging each other are we not better of reaching out and pray?

      The whole situation with this preacher seems so typical for current post modern, post christian western society and the secular humanist relative morality that came with that. Political correctness never helped anyone and is now slowly starting to get to a point where it is limiting our freedom to express ourselves. How long before we completely lose out ability to disagree and argue? And don’t get me wrong here, I mean in a respectful way but at the same time we are losing out ability to stand up and defend what we genuinely believe to be truth. We see the results of that already, for instance in the Netherlands but also in the UK where it comes to discussing the matter of Islam and society. The way I see all this is that we have been so busy denying the Christian foundations of our western societies that we actually lost all sense of identity and this is now slowly coming to a point where state-church separation is becoming obsolete, especially for Christians it seems. The results of that show in incidents such as with the preacher in Workington.

      Re Renaissance Man
      It is funny that you say that about the Renaissance Man as it is in fact not a name I have given myself but that a by now good friend and brother Michael Pokocky gave to me and many others have been using to describe me. In fact I had to go out and fin out what it was exactly what he was referring to as the “title” was new to me when he called me just that. I liked the ring of it so why not, and it seems to help in a SEO sense. For me the attraction of the description was in the idea of what the renaissance stood for as a period in history. The Encarta 2005 describes the Renaissance as:

      “… the Renaissance was clearly a time in which long standing beliefs were tested; it was a period of intellectual ferment, preparing the ground for thinkers and scientists of the 17th century.”

      That 17th century for those with an interest in history was the period known as “The Enlightment”. It was in this period that the radical changes took place. It was the time of Descartes, Copernicus and Galileo, the time of Isaac Newton, Kant, Montesquieu, Beccaria, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. In Europe the time that lead up to the French Revolution. Translated to this day and age it cannot be denied that we are indeed again in a time in which important things are tested, if only and comparable to the times of the Renaissance there are a lot of things that may well see dramatic change. So yes it may seem presumptuous, but at the same time it is exactly reflecting the essence of what I indeed strive to be as well as the time frame in which I see our current world: as one in a second renaissance. Most of all: renaissance translates as rebirth and that is exactly how I feel since my conversion to Christianity: reborn. Finally in all honesty: I don’t think “wannabe renaissance man” or “trying to be a renaissance man” is going to work. As long as I stay clear about my own limitations and flaws, which is hard not to, I do not see a problem. In fact I acknowledge your question in this respect on the ABOUT page of this blog:

      Now before you think that I am living on a pink cloud, I imagine that the nickname came no so much from being great in different disciplines but from having a wide range of interests which include more artistic things such as writing, music, and photography next to matters such as law, sociology, criminology, philosophy, theology, politics, business and management, fraud, corruption, money laundering and other essentially non-violent crimes (ok ok I know that is a debatable position). I guess that is reflected nicely in this blog as it covers anything that keeps me occupied.

      At the same time thank you for keeping fresh in the front of my mind that pride comes before the fall. Bless you.

      PS: Would you mind if I transfer our dialogue to a blog post?

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