Moment police pull elderly Christian preacher, 71, off his podium and ARREST him for making ‘homophobic statements’ – after he refused to stop reading from Genesis 1 that God made ‘only two genders’ and families should be ‘headed by a father and mother’
- Women heard shouting ‘this is a Christian country’ as the preacher is led away
- Police said they had received complaints about his ‘homophobic comments’
- Preacher arrested under the Public Order Act – prompting free speech outcry
This is the moment police pulled an elderly Christian preacher off his podium and arrested him for making ‘homophobic statements’ – after he refused to stop reading from the Bible about how God wanted families to be led by a ‘father and a mother’.
Two women can be heard shouting ‘this is a Christian country’ as the policeman hauls the 71-year-old man away when he refused to stop addressing the crowd outside Uxbridge Station in West London.
Police said they had received complaints the man had been making ‘allegedly homophobic comments’ and arrested him under the Public Order Act, which can be used under the vague proviso that someone is using ‘abusive or insulting words’ that cause ‘harm’ to someone else. He was later released with no charge.
A statement posted to a Christian Facebook page by friends of the pastor read: ‘Whilst he was preaching, he expounded the final verses of Genesis 1, declaring that God’s purpose in creating mankind was to set human beings in families, headed by a father and a mother, not by two fathers, or by two mothers.
‘The distinction within mankind of just two genders, male and female, made in the image of God, constitutes the essence of God’s created order.’
Two women can be heard shouting ‘this is a Christian country’ as the policeman hauls the 71-year-old man away when he refused to stop addressing the crowd outside Uxbridge Station in West London
Police said they had received complaints the man had been making ‘allegedly homophobic comments’ and arrested him under the Public Order Act
Earlier in the footage, two officers can be seen urging the man to step down from the footstool telling him: ‘You’re under arrest.’
The pastor repeatedly refuses, prompting both officers to take him by the hands and guide him down from the steps.
A struggle then ensues as the older man appears to free himself from the police officers’ grip.
Several onlookers, including an older woman and a barking dog jumping into the fray.
The two police officers then struggle to cuff the man as one tells him: ‘I don’t want you getting hurt.’
He is then marched away from the crowd by one of the cops as several onlookers can be seen with their mobile phones out.
A woman behind the camera says: ‘For a man preaching about Christianity, look at how he’s ripping him.’
There was a minor scuffle as police officers detained the 71-year-old preacher
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘At 1.35pm on Friday, April 23, officers on patrol were flagged down by a member of the public who made them aware of a man allegedly making homophobic comments close to Uxbridge Underground Station.
‘A number of other people also approached the officers with concerns about the man’s language.
‘Officers spoke with the 71-year-old man and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.
‘He was taken to a west London police station and later released under investigation.
‘A file has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for review and consideration.
‘The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards [DPS] have since assessed the footage and found no indication of misconduct. The arrest will not be subject to a full DPS review.’
Onlookers filmed the confrontation with some shouting at police during the arrest on Friday
The statement from the Christian group continued: ‘Police officer also spoke to [a second pastor] about homophobic speech.
‘The minister explained that to uphold God’s moral law and speak about the dangers of sin in respect of LGBT issues implies absolutely no hatred or unpleasantness towards any individual or group of people.
‘Nevertheless, the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality is plain.
‘To this the policeman responded that some matters simply cannot be referred to in public places, implying that homosexuality is one of them.
‘The officer also stated that there is no freedom to make statements in public which offend people.
‘[The second pastor] responded that the Police would have no objection whatsoever to a Pride parade being held in Uxbridge, yet that is highly offensive to Bible-believing Christians.’
The statement concludes: ‘This arrest of a faithful preacher for doing nothing other than declaring what the Bible teaches about one of the important moral issues of our time reveals a dangerous assault taking place in modern Britain upon freedom of speech, and not least, upon the freedom of Christian pastors to proclaim in public all that the Bible teaches (see Acts 20:27).’
The pastor has been contacted for comment.