This isn’t the Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, Syria, or other areas where Christians are openly persecuted.  This is the U.K.
Preacher Arrested for Calling Homosexuality a Sin
Monday, July 8, 2013

An American evangelist said he was arrested and interrogated about his  Christian faith after he was caught on a London sidewalk preaching that  homosexuality is a sin.

Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff and former chaplain with the Los Angeles  County Sheriff’s Dept., was charged with “using homophobic speech that could  cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult.”

Miano had been preaching on a London street corner during the Wimbledon  Tennis Championships with a ministry group called Sports Fan Outreach  International.

He was preaching about immoral living – and cited homosexuality as an example  of lifestyle choices that are contrary to biblical teaching.

“I never used any gay slurs,” he said. “You would never hear me using slang  or discriminatory language against homosexuals or any other group. That would be  contrary to my faith.”

At some point, the evangelist quoted I Thessalonians 4:1-2 – a passage of  scripture that mentions sexual immorality.


1 Thessalonians 4:1-7  King James Version (KJV)

4 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.