Good news for Christian convicted of 'misgendering' man wearing a dress

March 13, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

The anti-Christian social agenda in many parts of today's Western society is nowhere more evident than in the attacks on faithful who adhere to the biblical perspective that men and women are different, marriage is for one of each, and they don't change back and forth.

Look for evidence no further than the decade-long war the state of Colorado, which has been formally reprimanded by the Supreme Court for its "hostility" to faith, has waged against baker Jack Phillips, demanding he undergoes indoctrination programs, pays fines, and more because he refuses to abrogate his faith.

In the United Kingdom, society has gone even further, to the point of arresting and charging those Christians who decline to call a man a woman just because he's wearing a dress.

But now there's been a court case result that could be the beginning of a tsunami: A court has overturned a Christian's conviction for calling a man in a dress – a man.

The details are from The Christian Institute, which represented David McConnell, 42, from Wakefield.

He had been convicted, but on appeal, the court ruled prosecutors failed to prove their case.

The court said his "misgendering," calling a man a man, did cause distress, however, the ruling said, "it is not an offense to insult someone."

Further, the court said under the Public Order Act, a law often used to attack Christians, "it is not enough to show words were insulting and that [someone] was distressed. They must prove that we as a bench are sure that when [McConnell] was using those words he intended to cause distress."

Prosecutors, in fact, even had reported McConnell to Prevent, the nation's terrorism monitoring organization.

The Christian Institute said McConnell had been convicted of "misgendering" a man who called himself a woman and wore a dress for attire.

"Prior to the arrest, Dave had been assaulted, abused, and had his belongings stolen while he was preaching. He was subsequently convicted at the Magistrates Court, made to pay costs of £620, and forced to do 80 hours of community service despite there being no legal obligation to use a trans person’s preferred pronouns in the UK," the report said.

It was after the conviction that authorities reported him to their Joint Counter-Terrorism Team.

"It is believed Dave is the first street preacher to be convicted for such an offense and reported as a potential 'terrorist,'" the report said.

The case, on appeal, was before recorder Anthony Hawks and judges.

McConnell explained he wasn't "misgendering," but simply was "telling the truth."

"I think people could have been offended but that’s not the intention. My intention was to simply stay faithful to my beliefs, stay faithful to God, and to stay faithful to my conscience," he said.

McConnell said, "I am delighted and relieved that the judge has overturned the conviction and that I can clear my name. I am, however, appalled at how I have been treated by the authorities in this matter. No other street preacher, professional, or member of the public must go through what I have. "

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which worked with McConnell, explained, "This case has represented a disturbing trend in our society which is seeing members of the public and professionals being prosecuted and reported as potential terrorists for refusing to celebrate and approve LGBTQ ideology."

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