STREET PREACHERS WARNED: DON'T MENTION MORALITY
A British city council member has told street preachers that he supports their right to speak on public streets, as long as they avoid one particular topic.
“Preachers do have a right to be out on the streets, but I do not think it right if they are talking about morality,” Pat Karney, a member of the Manchester council, said recently, according to the Christian Institute, a U.K. non-profit.
The institute, which long has worked to support the rights of street preachers, told Karney in a letter it even “has funded several legal cases where local authorities or the police have unlawfully interfered with” the rights of the preachers.
The letter was addressed to Karney with a request to clarify whether the council intended to restrict street preachers and, if so, on what legal basis.
The letter warned the treatment of street preachers by governments is a “helpful barometer of tolerance.”
Karney has said police will continue to clamp down on “noisy” preachers,” and he warned preaching that addresses sexual behavior is “not proper at all.”
“They’re perfectly entitled to talk about Jesus and the word of God, but not to make anyone feel insecure or threatened,” he said.