“Thought Police” are on the horizon.
From The Telegraph (there is a video there):
Tony Miano, 49, a former senior police officer from the US, was held for around six hours, had his fingerprints and DNA taken and was questioned about his faith, after delivering a sermon about “sexual immorality” on a London street.
Mr Miano, who served as a Deputy Sherriff in Los Angeles County, said his experience suggested that the term “thought police” had become a reality in the UK.
He said he was amazed that it was now possible “in the country that produced the Magna Carta” for people to be arrested for what they say.
Mr Miano, who was provided with a solicitor by the Christian Legal Centre, was arrested under the controversial clause of the Public Order Act which bans “insulting” words or behaviour.
The clause has recently been dropped by the House of Lords after a high-profile free speech campaign but the change has yet to come into force.
The father of three, who took early retirement from the police to become a full-time preacher two years ago, was detained after was preaching outside a shopping centre in Wimbledon, south west London, on Monday.
He was speaking from a passage from Thessalonians which mentions “sexual immorality” and listed homosexuality alongside “fornication” as examples what he believed went against “God’s law”.
A woman out shopping called the police to complain that she was offended, prompting two officers to be dispatched to arrest him.
In a video placed on YouTube he can be seen explaining the changes to Section Five to the officers who said they were not aware of it.
During the subsequent questioning at Wimbledon police station he was asked about his beliefs on what constitutes “sin” and about how he would treat gay people in hypothetical situations.
“As the questioning started it became apparent that the interrogation was about more than the incident that too place in the street but what I believed and how I think,” he said.
“I was being interrogated about my thoughts … that is the basic definition of thought police.”
He said he had arrested many people in his career but never over something they believed.
“It surprised me that it is possible for a person to be taken to jail for their thoughts,” he said.
Mr Miano said that after he was questioned he was advised by his solicitor that police had indicated that they expected to charge him with a public order offence.
But after being sent back to his cell for around another hour he was informed that an inspector had decided that no further action would be taken. He was released about midnight.
He added that at one point he was passed a Bible through the food port of his cell, something he said underlined the “ridiculous” situation.
Read the rest there.
It’s coming, friends. Mark my words.