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Minister arrested for calling homosexuality a sin

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According to a report by Todd Starnes, who is the host of FOX News & Commentary, is a regular contributor to FOX & Friends and FoxNews.com., and who writes a weekly column for Human Events and TownHall.com., an American preacher went to jail for calling homosexuality a sin.

Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff and former chaplain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested in London, England and 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. According to the report, Miano was preaching about immoral living – and cited homosexuality as an example of lifestyle choices that are contrary to biblical teaching.

In the report, Miano said that he never used any slurs, slang, or discriminatory language in referring to homosexuals during his sermon. Miano quoted I Thessalonians 4:1-2, which mentions sexual immorality, and the evangelist said, “I talked about women addicted to romance novels, men addicted to pornography, people with lustful thoughts, heterosexual fornication and homosexuality. When I mentioned that the Bible was clear that homosexuality is a sin, a lady walked by and she glared at me and hurled the f-bomb.”

The woman then videotaped the sermon and reported Miano to the police.

Miano told the police officer that he didn’t speak solely about homosexuality as a form of sexual immorality but also about any kind of sex outside marriage between one man and one woman, as well as lustful thoughts. The minister said. “All of these are considered mainstream Christian positions and have been taught and believed by Christians for thousands of years.”

Police took the retired deputy sheriff to a nearby jail where he was fingerprinted. Officers also took a sample of his DNA and Miano was then interrogated and locked up. Miano spent about seven hours in jail before he was released without explanation and without an apology.

In an ironic twist, the officers made arrangements to provide the evangelist with a Bible to read in jail – the same book that led to his arrest.

“The same book I read from in public which resulted in my arrest, was now the same book the police were giving to provide me comfort,” he said. Miano, who is a member of the Evangelical Free Church, has been open-air preaching for eight years. He said this is the first time he’s been arrested.

Now back home in Southern California, Miano said he fears that what happened in Great Britain could soon happen in the United States.

“I believe that’s what our government is going to eventually do here,” he said. “I believe homosexuals or others who are sensitive to their point of view will be visiting churches to listen to what preachers say from the pulpit. And I believe that pastors will be arrested in their pulpits for teaching what the Bible says about homosexuality and other sins.”

Andrea Williams, the chief executive of the British Christian Legal Centre echoed those concerns. “It’s clear that there is already a clamp down on freedom of speech where people publicly express mainstream Christian views on sexual ethics,” Williams said.

[David Epps is the pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, Ga. (www.ctkcec.org). He is the bishop of the Mid-South Diocese which consists of Georgia and Tennessee (www.midsouthdiocese.org) and the Associate Endorser for the Department of the Armed Forces, U. S. Military Chaplains, ICCEC. He may contacted at frepps@ctkcec.org.]

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rolling stone's picture

the gentleman was not arrested for calling homosexuality a sin but for creating a disturbance on a public street corner.

Brits report it as a violation of a certain section of a Public Order concerning homophobic speech. BTW, if you are not who I have previously suggested, just what drives your interest in what goes on in our little domain?

rolling stone's picture

I am currently located in this little domain.

G35 Dude's picture

[quote]the gentleman was not arrested for calling homosexuality a sin but for creating a disturbance on a public street corner.[/quote]

Funny, when I read the article I thought it said.

[quote]Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff and former chaplain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested in London, England and charged with “using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult.”[/quote]

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

rolling stone's picture

Correct, two things occurred. He was arrested and he was charged, where one thing led to another. An example would be: "Man standing on an open hill during a thunderstorm holding a pointed steel rod" and "Man struck by lightning".

Cyclist's picture

Here in the US, we have the infamous Westboro Baptist Church....eyes rolling.

Should we take the same stance as the British authorities or do we ignore their rants?

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Is an important aspect of American culture. We have persons who 'preach ' on street corners . No one is forced to stop and listen. I don 't recall observing any attempt to stop the street corner preachers . I have seen 'preachers' who are causing a safety issue on a public street 'removed'.

Cyclist's picture

That's how the Supremes voted in Snider v. Phelps.

The line seperating free speech and infringing on others is sometimes bent. I recall a young lad back in 2010 who was told by the principal he could not ride his bike on school property with the US flag attached. It seems that the school adminstration felt that it would offend latinos and result in unrest. I'm glad that clearer minds prevailed on that one.

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Sometimes the 'bend' hurts - but free speech is considered sacrosanct by many. I still get anxiety pangs thinking about the (what I felt) disrespect to the Phelps family. It looks like clearer minds are coming to the forefront on many of this 'controversial' issues.

So howsit going down there? When I was stationed at FortWolters (Mineral Wells), we had a Site in McAllen. Though I never visited, I heard lots of stories! Also had a New Years trip with 3 other comrades to Del Rio, where we mixed Football with Tacos, Cold Beer and trips across the border for nefarious purposes!

Cyclist's picture

So howsit going down there?

HOT It's 102, according to what the POS rental car tells me.

Ah yes, those trips across the border for that......well that special purpose. Nowadays, you have to have a passport.

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rolling stone's picture

A biohazard.

PTC Observer's picture

remind everyone that we had a revolution to free ourselves from arbitrary laws to limit speech by the English. While the English are now one of our most vital allies, they are still a different country that lives by different rules. Their Rights are not as protected as ours. So far.

rolling stone's picture

Primarily I think the gentleman was making a nuisance of himself on a public street. Picture a gay group preaching the virtues of their lifestyle on a Fayetteville street corner.

Cyclist's picture

[quote=rolling stone]Primarily I think the gentleman was making a nuisance of himself on a public street. Picture a gay group preaching the virtues of their lifestyle on a Fayetteville street corner.[/quote]

Interesting. I remember when the Obama crowd came to Fayetteville and stood on the street corner and ranted. I think that's a nuisance. :-)

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even for Obama supporters in Fayetteville!! :-)

PTC Observer's picture

we'll leave it to the state to decide when someone is a "nuisance"?

rolling stone's picture

"The state" does not decide anything. Can anyone take a walk with me and point out "the state" or "the government"? People were thrown out of caves for being a nuisance a long time ago and it was not "the cave" that did it.

I can picture it. AND??? Maybe it was like all the demonstrations against Chik-Fil-A last year. BUT THEY HAD THE FREEDOM TO DO IT. No nuisance here. I rest my case

PTCTRADER2010

Acts of homosexuality ARE A SIN... As recently recounted by Pope Francis on his recent trip to Brazil. Love the sinner... hate the sin; has always been, in my humble opinion, the best way to treat this. But the bible is pretty clear. The day a minister, priest, rabbi, or mullah cannot articulate their scripture without reprisal will be a very sad day in our nation.

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rolling stone's picture

The article did not mention the fact that the gentleman was using a PA system to broadcast his opinions on a public street.

the devil is in the details! Now using the PA system - invading the privacy of others - has been considered a nuisance since the Civil Rights movement and probably before. In supportive marches in LA, we were advised not to use megaphones, etc.

Cyclist's picture

[quote=Davids mom] In supportive marches in LA, we were advised not to use megaphones, etc.[/quote]

I'm shocked!!!! You did protest marches in LA??????

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Sit in's in Westwood! 1959! May have been before your time . Protest marches during the JFK campaign. . . And after he won and appeared a little slow in supporting the protesters in the south. There was a group of Freedom Riders from UCLA!

All protests were not in the south. Truly a diverse group of citizens - young and old (back then anyone over 30 was 'old'!). :-)

Cyclist's picture

Let me guess....UCLA. That's OK. It’s better than the cross town rival; the University of Spoiled Children....USC.

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Agree! :-).

Very childish remembrance - <cite>UCLA - study all day, get an A: USC - pay the fee, get a B</cite>
In today's world, both schools require lots of hard work!

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