Street preacher who criticised Islam found not guilty of hate speech by court

Nov 4, 2022 by

From Christian Today:

A Christian street preacher arrested for hate speech after he criticised Muhammad and Buddha has been found not guilty at a court hearing.

Shaun O’Sullivan, 32, who used to heckle street preachers prior to his conversion, was arrested in Swindon town centre on 11 March 2020 after a member of the public complained that he had made “racist” comments.

While preaching, a member of the public suggested that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

In reply, Mr O’Sullivan explained why he disagreed and referenced an Islamic Hadith’s accounts of Muhammad engaging in sexual activity and marrying a six-year-old girl.

In his sermon, Mr O’Sullivan suggested that Muhammad would today be regarded as a paedophile and contrasted this with Jesus who loved children and treated women with respect.

He was arrested under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 for allegedly causing religious and racially-motivated “harassment, alarm and distress”.

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