In many parts of Asia, where churches are outlawed, it is a mark of respect how long the pastor has spent in prison for preaching.  Not that they try to get arrested, but if they’re not presenting the Gospel often enough to be noticed by the authorities, how can they be considered a faithful leader?

We’ve had a certain amount of protection in this country.  Freedom of speech, freedom of religion.  Not since the civil rights marches have pastors been arrested and kept in jail for speaking Truth publicly.  Until now.

In England, a 42-year-old Baptist preacher was arrested April 20 for saying in a public park “the Bible says.”  It wasn’t hate speech.  It wasn’t a personal attack.  What got Dale McAlpine arrested is that he dared to speak the truth openly.

McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” by using “abusive or insulting language, contrary to the Public Order Act.”

While handing out leaflets explaining the Ten Commandments a woman initiated a conversation about his faith.  In the course of the discussion, he noted that 1 Corinthians calls  homosexuality,  blasphemy, fornication, adultery and drunkenness “sins.”

The woman then walked away to speak to a a homosexual “police community support officer” (PCSO), who then confronted pastor McAlpine about his words. After confirming he had called those activities sin, he then turned to address the rest of the gathered crowd with a sermon.  Shortly, a police van arrived and McAlpine was arrested and thrown in jail for 7 hours.

According to the news article, “police took fingerprints, a palm print, a retina scan and a DNA swab.”  He’s out on bail, awaiting trial.  The Christian Institute is providing legal support.

source:  UK Telegraph newspaper