Street preachers to appear in court over “anti-Muslim” sermon
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Monday November 14 2016
The Bristol Post reports on the upcoming court appearance of four men charged with religiously aggravated public order offences after being arrested in July by Avon and Somerset Police over their anti-Muslim public sermons.
The four street preachers, who have not been named, were arrested in Broadmead, in Bristol, on 6 July after officers were alerted to their street sermons which made disparaging references to Muslims and minorities.
Members of the public who heard the preachers “complained about the nature of their street preaching and alleged they had been offensive to Muslims, homosexuals and the divorced.”
Among comments allegedly made by the preachers that were reported at the time include “Allah does not exist” and “all Muslims will burn in hell”.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary confirmed the men are to stand trial stating: “Following an investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the men – aged 63, 52, 51 and 50 – to be charged with the offence, which falls under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.”
The four men are due to appear in court next month according to the local paper.
The men are believed to be “friends” of a US based group, Cross Encounters Ministries, which aims to “proclaim the gospel, disciple believers, and assist churches to do the same”.