Last July, former Los Angeles County police officer Tony Miano, was arrested and released without charges in London for using homophobic speech as he preached to passersby on the street. And now he’s been arrested in Scotland for the same thing. The British hate group Christian Concern is, of course, outraged. Here’s their account of the arrest, which they claim came after the mother of a gay man complained:
Mr. Miano’s colleague, Pastor Josh Williamson of the Craigie Reformed Baptist Church in Perth, who was present at the incident explains: “Tony wasn’t focussing just on homosexual practice – it was about all sin. A woman was yelling at him and her friend noticed we were filming the preaching, so she ran up to me and tried to smash my camera.” He says the first woman then appeared to be calling the police on her mobile just as a council warden came along and said that while we were doing nothing wrong, and had the right to free speech, we should move on. Mr. Miano finished his preaching in a few minutes and as the street preachers packed up two police officers arrived. At this point Pastor Williamson says the women shouted that they would get the preachers arrested. “The female officer saw we had a camera and lunged for it and then the male policeman grabbed it and threw it in the police van,” says Pastor Williamson. He says the male officer interviewed the women and then immediately arrested Mr. Miano, but did not question him or explain why he was being arrested. “After Tony was put in the police van I asked why he was being arrested and was told it was for a breach of the peace and for using homophobic language,” says Josh Williamson.
Miano took his story to JMG fan Janet Mefford.