Preacher pressing on after successful appeal

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Bible in lap (black-and-white)A street preacher in Britain remains undeterred despite criminal charges lodged against him on two occasions for preaching about homosexuality.

Mike Overd has run afoul of police twice while preaching on the streets of Taunton and was convicted of conduct against the public order. The most recent "offense" resulted because of a conversation he had with two homosexuals in which one took offense at Overd's quote from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, which says they will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The judge, a Muslim who also serves on a local sharia court, found Overd guilty, told him he quoted the wrong verse, and pointed to others that might have been acceptable. Overd appealed and says witnesses testified against him during the hearing.

Overd

"They were so flimsy and laughable really as in their reasoning and argument that the case was dismissed without me even giving evidence," he tells OneNewsNow. "The judge basically said to the prosecution You don't have a case. So charges were dropped and I walked out without even standing in the box."

When asked if facing criminal charges twice would deter him from preaching the gospel, Overd says he has no plans to change.

"I've been going out since the guilty verdict in March of this year," he explains. "Again, still [getting] harassment from the police and members of the public, but I've been going nevertheless because there wasn't a gagging order put on me, there was no anti-social order put on me as such. So I was able to go on and continue to preach and I'll soon be out again, God willing."

Overd welcomed the ruling but said the case should never have come to trial in the first place. He was represented by Christian Concern.

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