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Perpetuating the Myths

The far religious right believes that ENDA and hate crimes protections will end Christian freedoms in America. This group preaches fearful messages about any type of laws prohibiting discrimination of gays, saying that those laws will lead to Christians getting jailed for their beliefs.  The arrest of a British street preacher only added fuel to the fire.

On Monday, May 17, 2010, the BBC reported that charges against a street preacher for preaching against homosexuality were dropped.  According to the BBC,

Mr Mcalpine was charged with breaching section 5 of the Public Order Act by allegedly using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He was due to stand trial later this year, but the CPS have now confirmed they will not be prosecuting.

A spokeswoman said: "We keep cases under constant review and following a further review of all the evidence in this case we were no longer satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and we have therefore discontinued the proceedings against Mr Mcalpine."

Veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell condemned the arrest and urged the home secretary to issue new guidelines to the police.

He said: "Although I disagree with Dale Mcalpine and support protests against his homophobic views, he should not have been arrested and charged. Criminalisation is a step too far."

Chf Supt Steve Johnson, police commander for West Cumbria, said: "We would like to reassure the public that we respect, and are committed to upholding, the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

"We are just as committed to maintaining the peace and preventing people feeling alarmed or distressed by the actions of others in public places.

The same day, the following "daily prayer" was issued by Gordon Klingenschmitt.

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