Stephen Green, the leader of Christian Voice, a self-styled "prayer and lobby group", was taken into custody by South Wales Police at Cardiff Mardi Gras on Saturday September 2nd. He was arrested and charged under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which covers behaviour likely to cause "harassment, alarm or distress".
Police say he had continually refused to stop handing out copies of a homophobic evangelical leaflet to people as they entered Bute Park, where Wales' annual Pride event was held.
Mr Green was kept in the cells at Cardiff Police Station for over four hours, and was due to appear at the city's magistrates' courts on Wednesday September 6th, just after GT had gone to press.
In a swiftly released statement, Green commented: "I thank God for the honour of being locked up for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All the same, I'm astonished that South Wales Police has a special unit dedicated to silencing those who disagree with homosexuality. Stonewall, the homosexual rights organisation, says the South Wales Police Minorities Support Unit 'works closely with the LGBT communities'. Maybe they work a bit too closely when an evangelist can be victimised simply because he's giving out leaflets quoting verses from the same Bible police officers swear on in court".
Does getting arrested at a Gay Pride event fulfill a long-time ambition for Green? He once published a one-off magazine, Homosexuality and the Police, explaining how "police chiefs push the 'gay' agenda".
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