Parts of the Bible are ‘not acceptable in fashionable society’, says Crown Prosecution Service

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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) instructed legal professionals defending an arrested avenue preacher that components of the Bible are “not acceptable in fashionable society”.

The astonishing declare was made in a doc despatched by the CPS to the Christian Legal Centre, who defended John Dunn after his arrest over feedback he made about homosexuality.

When preaching in Swindon city centre on 1 November 2020, two girls walked previous holding arms, to which Mr Dunn stated: “I hope you’re sisters.”

When they knowledgeable him that they have been in a same-sex marriage, Mr Dunn quoted 1 Corinthians 6 and instructed them, “It says within the Bible that homosexuals is not going to inherit the dominion of God.”

The girls have been offended and reported him to the police. They additionally alleged that Mr Dunn shouted that they’d “burn in hell”, regardless of his use of a voice field after surviving throat most cancers. He denies the allegation.

Mr Dunn voluntarily attended a police station for interview the place he was warned that he could be arrested if he tried to depart. He was then summonsed for an offence beneath part 5 of the Public Order Act, which covers threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour or phrases.

Street preacher John Dunn was arrested in Swindon after a same-sex couple took offence at his feedback on homosexuality.(Photo: Christian Legal Centre)

The CPS alleged that Mr Dunn had dedicated hate speech that offended the ladies, and its legal professionals argued that prosecution of Mr Dunn was “needed” and “proportionate”. 

In the doc submitted to Mr Dunn’s defence, the CPS said, “There are references within the bible that are merely not acceptable in fashionable society and which might be deemed offensive if said in public.”

Lawyers for Mr Dunn argued that the regulation should defend the expression of opinions “even when these cross the sensibilities of nearly all of the inhabitants”.

They additionally argued that “merely conveying Biblical reality” didn’t quantity to abuse.

A listening to was as a result of happen on 13 November which might have resulted in a legal file for Mr Dunn, however the CPS dropped the case in opposition to him after the 2 complainants didn’t come ahead to present proof.

A CPS spokesperson stated: “On the day of the trial the complainants couldn’t be positioned to supply important proof for the prosecution, which resulted in us providing no proof.”

It added, “It just isn’t the operate of the CPS to resolve whether or not an individual is responsible of a legal offence, however to make truthful, impartial and goal assessments of the proof to place our case earlier than the court docket.

Mr Dunn stated he was “relieved and grateful” that the case in opposition to him has been dropped. He stated that his intention was solely to declare God’s reality out of affection and compassion for the folks passing by and listening. He now plans to return to avenue preaching in Swindon. 

“When I preach, I solely ever say what’s within the Bible,” he stated.

“When they instructed me they have been in a same-sex marriage, I used to be involved for them. I needed to talk the results of their actions primarily based on what the Bible says.

“I needed to warn them, not out of condemnation, however out of affection. I needed to them to know that there’s forgiveness by means of the love of Jesus.

“Nine occasions out of ten once I preach or interact with folks on the streets, folks ask me to wish for them.” 

Andrea Williams, chief government of the Christian Legal Centre, stated the method of the CPS to the case and the Bible typically was “deeply regarding”.

She stated, “The Bible and its teachings are the inspiration of our society and have offered most of the freedoms and protections that we nonetheless get pleasure from at this time.

“It is extraordinary that the prosecution, talking on behalf of the state, might say that the Bible incorporates abusive phrases which, when spoken in public, represent a legal offence.

“The view from the CPS was that the Bible is offensive and incorporates unlawful speech which shouldn’t be shared in public.

“‘Offence’ is a completely subjective idea and is definitely manipulated to close down viewpoints that folks merely do not like.

“Any suggestion that there’s a proper to not be offended have to be strongly resisted. In at this time’s democracy, we’d like the liberty to debate, problem and disagree.”



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