A former paratrooper turned street preacher has been found guilty of breaching a public order regarding his choice of Bible verses.
According to District Judge Shamim Ahmed Qureshi, Michael Overd, Leviticus 18:22 is fine, but Leviticus 20:13 is a no-no.
WND.com reports that Ahmed Qureshi “serves with the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, the overseer of the nation’s Shariah courts.”
Christian Concern reports that Ahmed Qureshi told Overd he should not have referenced Leviticus chapter 20 in explaining the biblical view on homosexuality.
Leviticus 18:22 describes homosexual activity as an “abomination.” Meanwhile, Leviticus 20:13 calls for the death penalty.
However, according to Overd, while he used Leviticus 20, he never referenced the death penalty.
“I am being punished for words that never passed my lips,” Overd said.
“I am amazed that the Judge sees it as his role to dictate which parts of the Bible can and can't be preached. I did not quote the full text of Leviticus 20 or make reference to the death penalty but the Judge is telling me that I should use other parts of the Bible. This is not free speech but censorship. The Judge is redacting the Bible. I have been ordered to pay compensation for causing ‘emotional pain’ to someone who approached me aggressively demanding to debate the issue. There was no harm, injury or theft, just a simple disagreement over theology which I have now been fined for,” he added.
Christian Concern also reports that police were accusing Overd of 'being hostile' and encouraged people to film the preacher if he was making 'offensive remarks'.
These witnesses, however, were unable what was said and when.
Overd was fined £200 and ordered to pay £1,200 in costs and compensation.
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