2013 Favs: Street Preacher Recounts his UK Arrest

Reverend Tony Miano was arrested in London for using “homophobic speech.”

He was preaching on 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-12:

1 Thessalonians 4
Live to Please God

4 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.

9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Here is Reverend Miano’s testimony concerning his arrest and the treatment he received from the police. The questions he was asked sound bizarre, at best; hectoring and prejudicial at least. It sounds as if Reverend Miano consciously imitated St Paul during the time he was in jail.

Note: The original video has been removed from YouTube. Here is another one on the same subject.


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  • Maggie Goff

    Watching what is going on in Texas….yes, I agree…we have lost our soul. God have mercy on us.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    I missed this one and now the video doesn’t work. But it does not surprise me. Britain is losing all its Christian identity.

    • hamiltonr

      I’m sorry that video has been taken down. It was a much better recounting of what happened. But here another video which may explain it. Thanks for letting me know Manny.

      • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

        Thanks. The video was informative. The British government is trying to squash Christianity. But the government is ultimately the people, and that is what’s truly sad. It’s the people of Britain by and large that don’t have any identity to Christianity. I just looked it up, but I can’t vouch for its accuracy. One in ten in UK go to church and 44% believe in God.

  • kenofken

    This was probably 2013′s top “wag the dog” moment in the Christian persecution media enterprise. Miano was not some local guy who got persecuted for spreading the Word. He went there for the sole purpose of getting arrested for the purposes of a culture war stunt and self promotion. He was trolling for trouble in a foreign country and trying to mount a First Amendment challenge in a country which does not have one.

    The law was confusing to police and prosecutors, and in fact had been modified earlier in the year to better protect free speech. Miano was never in any real legal jeopardy, and he was released without charge, having obtained exactly what he had come to get. When we’re tempted to cast the “gay lobby” as some sort of thought crime police, it’s worth noting that one of the most vocal critics of Miano’s arrest was the gay media in the UK. The problematic part of the law in Section 5 of the Public Order Act had also been used against gay rights protesters in recent years. This was a case of one officer’s overreach and misunderstanding of the law.