Mr McAlpine was handing out leaflets explaining the Ten Commandments or offering a “ticket to heaven” with a church colleague on April 20, when a woman came up and engaged him in a debate about his faith.
During the exchange, he says he quietly listed homosexuality among a number of sins referred to in 1 Corinthians, including blasphemy, fornication, adultery and drunkenness.
After the woman walked away, she was approached by a PCSO who spoke with her briefly and then walked over to Mr McAlpine and told him a complaint had been made, and that he could be arrested for using racist or homophobic language.
The street preacher said he told the PCSO: “I am not homophobic but sometimes I do say that the Bible says homosexuality is a crime against the Creator”.
He claims that the PCSO then said he was homosexual and identified himself as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender liaison officer for Cumbria police. Mr McAlpine replied: “It’s still a sin.”
The preacher then began a 20 minute sermon, in which he says he mentioned drunkenness and adultery, but not homosexuality. Three regular uniformed police officers arrived during the address, arrested Mr McAlpine and put him in the back of a police van.
At the station, he was told to empty his pockets and his mobile telephone, belt and shoes were confiscated. Police took fingerprints, a palm print, a retina scan and a DNA swab.
He was later interviewed, charged under Sections 5 (1) and (6) of the Public Order Act and released on bail on the condition that he did not preach in public.
In this exchange and subsequent arrest, we see all the typical elements of the fascistic gay rights agenda – individuals are offended by something said, a government official whose sole purpose is to advance that agenda involves himself in the process, and then escalates the activity to a ‘crime’ according to some vague and obscure statue. The offending citizen is then hauled off and upon release warned to cease speaking outside of the boundaries set by the politically correct state.
The great myth of the gay rights agenda is that it is merely about tolerance and equality. In Europe, where this agenda is much more firmly entrenched than it is in the US, we see that the agenda is really about coerced affirmation and state sanction. It isn’t enough merely to allow homosexuals to behave as they desire, but the state must recognize such behavior as good and right, and through draconian measures, prevent anyone from saying otherwise.
We must conclude that not only is the gay rights agenda ill-conceived on many fronts; it is also fundamentally detrimental to all our rights and liberties, and should be opposed by those who love liberty, whatever their views of homosexuality itself.