A Christian pastor in England, named Michael Overd, was arrested for quoting a passage from the Bible, Leviticus 20:13, in which is referenced homosexuality.
He was then arrested for reciting what has been deemed as “threatening” or “abusive” words against homosexuals. He was then forced to be tried by Shamim Qureshi, a Muslim who is also a judge for a Sharia Islamic court in the UK. The Muslim judge fined him $300 and demanded that he pay compensation and costs to an unidentified person who claimed that he was emotionally damaged by the pastor’s words, totaling $1,800.
The pastor admitted to referencing Leviticus 20, but said that he never mentioned the death penalty. “I am being punished for words that never passed my lips”, he said. The pastor continued on to say:
I am amazed that the judge sees it as his role to dictate which parts of the Bible can and can’t be preached… I did not quote the full text of Leviticus 20 or make reference to the death penalty, but the judge is telling me that I should use other parts of the Bible. This is not free speech but censorship. The judge is redacting the Bible
According to one report:
Overd was ordered to pay £250 to a passer-by who had been offended by the preacher’s comments, and he initially refused, at which point judge Shamim Qureshi threatened the preacher with a prison sentence. He has been ordered to pay total costs of £1200.
Overd intends to appeal his conviction and said “I follow my Lord and leader, so I won’t tone down.”
The street preacher was charged with a public order offence, after complaints were made by members of the public that he had made homophobic and ‘Islamophobic’ remarks.