Sunday, September 29, 2013

Preacher Arrested: 'Breach of the Peace' on Street

Josh Williamson was standing in a busy outdoor shopping area in Perth, Scotland preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, without amplification and NOT mentioning any hot-button social issues such as homosexuality, and within minutes, police arrived to shut him up.  Williamson said he wouldn't stop preaching because it was perfectly lawful, so the police arrested him. Days later, the entire fiasco was repeated, but with a longer time in jail.
“This is the third arrest in as many months. These street preachers are not breaking any laws and are perfectly within their rights. The police are overreaching their authority and misapplying the law. Their actions show an increasing hostility towards Christianity.
-- Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Legal Centre
For background, Missouri Police Steal Preacher's Amplifier to Shut Him Up and also read Pastor Arrested in California for Reading Bible in Public as well as Jesus Talk Outlawed in New Orleans, Arrests Made

And, would you believe this? Christians Arrested in Georgia for Standing in Public with Sign

-- From "Minister may sue after preaching called unholy row" by Nick Jedrzejewski, The Scotsman 9/21/13

Josh Williamson, who leads the Craigie Reformed Baptist Church in Perth, was quoting from the Gospel of St John when he was approached by officers who told him they had received a number of complaints about the noise.

Mr Williamson, 27, said: “The officer told me to stop as I was breaking the law. I asked him what law I was breaking and he replied that I was in breach of the peace.

“When I asked him to explain, he pointed to my mp3 recorder and said I was too loud. I pointed out to the officer that I wasn’t using amplification, but just my natural voice. I then asked him what a reasonable sound level would be.

“The police officer replied that the noise level isn’t the issue, but rather that a complaint had been made. . . . After a few more minutes I was placed in the back of a police van.”

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From "Cops arrest gobby Aussie minister for preaching too loudly in street" by Angus Mackinnon, Daily Star (London) 9/20/13

Officers told him they received complaints about his methods or preaching.

The preacher was telling Scots shoppers "the truth will set you free" when he was hauled into the back of a police van.

He was driven to Perth police station where he was given a verbal warning.

The preacher added: "It was basically, if you keep doing it we'll keep going through this process."

Angry shoppers then abused the clergyman when he returned to Perth High Street.

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From "Christian street preacher arrested in Scotland" posted at Christian Concern 9/19/13

The officer insisted that he was not allowed to preach and told Rev Williamson that he would be arrested if he continued. When Rev Williamson said that he would not comply because he was not breaking the law, the officer placed him under arrest for breach of the peace.

Rev Williamson was taken to Perth police station, interviewed and released with a caution.

A second man, who spoke up in defence of Rev Williamson’s right to preach, was also arrested at the scene.

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From "Christian street preacher arrested again in Scotland" posted at Christian Today 9/27/13

The Reverend Josh Williamson was arrested last week for "breach of the peace" and again on Saturday in relation to the same charge.

Both arrests occurred while he was preaching on Perth High Street.

After his arrest on Saturday, he was to be held in custody until Monday but was instead released at 9.30pm on Saturday evening after being held for over five hours in the cells.

Mr Williamson said that although he had been released, he was unsure as to whether this was the end of police action against him.

"Each time I get told a different thing. It seems that 'noise' is subjective, and the person complaining determines if something is too loud or not."

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Also read the myriad instances of Christians arrested for speaking the Truth.