Prosecutor: Bible Passage ‘No Longer Appropriate in Modern Society’

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

In a case against a street preacher charged for a speech condemning homosexuality, a government prosecutor in England argued certain Bible passages “are simply no longer appropriate in modern society.”

John Dunn was charged with violating the Public Order Act by engaging in “threatening,” “abusive” and “insulting” speech when he told a lesbian couple that homosexuals will not “inherit the kingdom of heaven,” citing the Bible, the Daily Signal reported.

A prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, the office of government prosecutors for England and Wales, wrote in a document sent to the defense before the trial that “there are references in the bible [sic] which are simply no longer appropriate in modern society and which would be offensive if stated in public.”

The case against Dunn, a 55-year-old British army special forces veteran, was dismissed because the lesbian couple declined to testify.

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Dunn has preached regularly for 15 years on the streets of the town of Swindon in southwestern England.

The Daily Signal said a spokesman did not respond to questions about whether the official government prosecution office endorses the claim.

“The non-response from the CPS speaks volumes,” Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which represented Dunn in the case.

“The CPS should be offering a full explanation and apology, not ducking the seriousness of what they have wanted to argue against the Christian faith in the court,” she told the Daily Signal.

Williams contended it would not happen to another religious text, such as Islam’s Quran.

“This is a war on Christian culture, with the aim of removing it from the public square,” she said. “If the CPS had won, this would have set a precedent that put Christians on the wrong side of the U.K. law.”

While Britain does not have a First Amendment to protect free speech, Dunn’s defense cited the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The prosecution, in turn, argued that Dunn violated “the similarly protected rights of the aggrieved parties.”

The case centered on a Nov. 1, 2020, incident that began when two women hold hands and walked past Dunn while he was preaching in the town center of Swindon.

“I hope you are sisters,” Dunn said.

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