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HEART newspaper: Heart Publications | December 17, 2018

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“Show your passport to read Bible aloud”

February 2, 2018 |

STREET PREACHER Roland Parsons was forbidden to read from the Gospel of Luke on Christmas Eve at Victoria Station.

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Street preachers escape prosecution

February 2, 2018 |

Two Christian street preachers questioned by police after preaching on a Surrey high street in December will not face criminal charges.

Charges were dropped against preachers Dave Barker (right) and Stephen Wan (left) after the Christian Legal Centre explained to police that freedom of speech permitted them to explain Christian beliefs

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Street preachers win cases

July 28, 2017 |

A victory for the street preachers whose case was HEART’s April 2017 cover story

Christian campaigners are celebrating court decisions in favour of three street preachers.

A victory for the street preachers whose case was HEART’s April 2017 cover story

A victory for the street preachers whose case was HEART’s April 2017 cover story

Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell were arrested after preaching in Bristol city centre and fined in February, but Judge Picton overruled the conviction at Bristol Crown Court in July, saying he was “conscious of the right of freedom of speech and freedom of expression”. Read More

BATTLE FOR THE BIBLE

March 31, 2017 |

Street preacher Mike Overd is unafraid to quote the Bible in public

Court bans ‘abusive’ Bible On UK streets

By Andrew Halloway

A PUBLIC PROSECUTOR HAS DECLARED THAT PREACHING FROM CERTAIN PARTS OF THE BIBLE IS “A CRIMINAL … Read More

So what does the conviction of the two street preachers in Bristol signify?

March 31, 2017 |

Rev Andrew Symes of Anglican Mainstream answers three of the most commonly voiced questions:

Are there other precautions these street preachers should have taken or that others should learn from for the future?

Andrew Symes: ‘People can shut down Christians quickly’

Andrew Symes: ‘People can shut down Christians quickly’

I personally don’t like street preachers who just shout at passers by.

I’ve been involved in street evangelism in the past where music and drama can draw a crowd; there can be a challenging but winsome message, the distribution of tracts and the offer of chat and prayer on a one to one basis.

So I think there can be street preaching that is effective and attractive, or annoying and off-putting. But that’s a matter of taste, and people shouldn’t be arrested for bad taste! If someone is courageous enough to preach in the street, they should perhaps work with local churches to make sure they are in the right place and doing it in a way that attracts people and doesn’t just repel them. I’m talking about the method… Read More

CHARGES AGAINST STREET PREACHER FABRICATED

March 23, 2016 |

The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all charges against Michael Jones, a street preacher of Hornsea, who was arrested and charged for comments made about Islam and IS.

The accusations of shouting “All Muslims are terrorists, they should not be allowed in this country, Islam is not a religion, it’s terrorism” and “Islam does not preach the Bible” were proven to be fabricated by a passer-by and a woman on her lunch break. Fortunately, Mr Jones made a recording of all of his preaching, without which he would quite likely have been convicted and would now have a criminal record. Read More

VICTORY FOR FREE SPEECH

February 5, 2014 |

Peers block threat to liberty

STREET PREACHERS and buskers alike can breathe a sigh of relief. Threats to free speech have been allayed by a House of Lords move to change the highly controversial Anti-social Behaviour Bill. Read More

NEW THREAT TO FREE SPEECH

December 5, 2013 |

Why carol singing and handing out leaflets could make you a nuisance this time next year

STREET PREACHERS and others who express controversial views could be caught by new sweeping powers designed to combat anti-social behaviour. Read More

Street preacher walks free

December 5, 2013 |

In the last edition of Heart, we brought you news of pastor Josh Williamson who was arrested twice for preaching on the streets of Scotland.

Earlier this month, the London Borough of Wandsworth decided to drop charges against another street preacher, Dominic Muir, Read More