Saturday, August 23, 2008

No Bible Zone U.K.~ Not so Fast, Christians Fight Back

Readers might recall that approximately 2 months ago, a couple of Christian preachers in a Muslim area of Alum Rock, Birmingham UK were stopped from handing out flyer's promoting Christianity . They were stopped and threatened by Muslim community police who apparently think that they can make up their own set of rules. The preachers were told that trying to convert Muslims to Christianity is a "hate crime".
I happen to disagree and believe that forcing people to stay in Islam is a "hate crime", but hey that's just me. Either way, the Christian preachers are preparing a lawsuit calling for their rights to freedom of religion and the freedom of expression. Good for them!!

Court action over ‘hate crime’ row
Aug 22 2008 By Edward Chadwick

A HIGH Court law suit will be filed against West Midlands Police within weeks to set out claims that it breached the human rights of two Christian street preachers who were told to halt their religious mission in a Birmingham street.

Solicitors are drawing up papers which will see the force answer allegations that Arthur Cunningham and Joseph Abraham were threatened with arrest if they continued to hand out extracts from the Bible in Alum Rock.

After being told they were committing a “hate crime” the pair were warned that they would be beaten up if they returned to the predominately Muslim area.

The preachers, who both come from America but are based in Birmingham, were interrupted by a police community support officer as they passed leaflets to Asian youths.

February’s incident sparked anger among Christian campaigners and 65-year-old Mr Abraham said he feared parts of the country were becoming no-go zones for anybody who wanted to preach the gospel.

Solicitor Tom Ellis, from Manchester-based firm Aughton Ainsworth, said the papers would outline claims that two sections of the Human Rights Act – the freedom of religion and the freedom of expression – had been breached by the officer.

Unless police chiefs made a dramatic U-turn and issued an apology, the papers would be filed by next month.

“We will be issuing court proceedings in September unless there is an acknowledgement by the police that there was a breach of human rights,” said Mr Ellis.

“That would be enough to stop us filing the papers which are being prepared but we have not had a substantive reply to a letter we sent to the force in May.

“This is not about money, but the principle and I am confident that we will win on behalf of Mr Cunningham and Mr Abraham.”

Mr Ellis said it would be up to the court to resolve factual disputes about differing versions of the incident.

The legal proceedings are being funded by the Christian Institute, a charity which claims to be the guardian of human rights for all Christians.

Mr Abraham said he would not comment because legal action was pending and Mr Cunningham, aged 48, is currently out of the country.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “The professional standards department of West Midlands Police is continuing a thorough investigation into this complaint and as such it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

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Thorum said...

Great site!! Hope these guys sock it to the Muslims. Unless people stand up to the continual Muslim threats and harrassment, the Dhimmitude we see in the West will continue to increase.

Christopher Logan said...

Thanks thorum and the West as a whole had better find its backbone. Before it is too late.

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