Parts of the Bible are ‘no longer appropriate in modern society’, says Crown Prosecution Service

Nov 24, 2022 by

from Christian Today:

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told lawyers defending an arrested street preacher that parts of the Bible are “no longer appropriate in modern society”.

The astonishing claim was made in a document sent by the CPS to the Christian Legal Centre, who defended John Dunn after his arrest over comments he made about homosexuality.

When preaching in Swindon town centre on 1 November 2020, two women walked past holding hands, to which Mr Dunn said: “I hope you are sisters.”

When they informed him that they were in a same-sex marriage, Mr Dunn quoted 1 Corinthians 6 and told them, “It says in the Bible that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The women were offended and reported him to the police. They also alleged that Mr Dunn shouted that they would “burn in hell”, despite his use of a voice box after surviving throat cancer. He denies the allegation.

Mr Dunn voluntarily attended a police station for interview where he was warned that he would be arrested if he tried to leave. He was then summonsed for an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act, which covers threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour or words.

The CPS alleged that Mr Dunn had committed hate speech that offended the women, and its lawyers argued that prosecution of Mr Dunn was “necessary”¬†and “proportionate”.

In the document submitted to Mr Dunn’s defence, the CPS stated, “There are references in the bible which are simply no longer appropriate in modern society and which would be deemed offensive if stated in public.”

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