SpeechCrime In The UK
Holy thoughtcrime, Batman:
A Christian preacher who was held by police for 15 hours without water or food has won £13,000 in compensation for wrongful imprisonment.
John Craven was held by Greater Manchester police after two teenage boys claimed they were offended by his views of homosexuality after the preacher told them: "God hates sin, but he loves the sinner".
The Christian Institute, which funded the legal claim against Manchester police, said Mr Craven was approached by the boys and deliberately asked about his thoughts on same-sex relations.
The boys then kissed in front of him, acted out "obscene" sexual gestures and reported him to a police officer, according to the preacher. He was arrested under section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986, for using insulting words with the intention of causing "harassment, alarm or distress".
The 57-year-old was held for 19 hours at a city centre police station and, according to the pastor, denied food, water and his medication for rheumatoid arthritis for 15 hours. The preacher said he was eventually given a bowl of cereal and microwave meal.
posted by Winston Smith at 3:02 PM