A BUNCH of Christian wingnuts who have been taking “God’s Word” to the streets of Adelaide in Australia have now changed tactics, finding captive audiences on trains.
But the annoying antics of members of Street Church Adelaide – who came to blows with drinkers this week after shouting at patrons at a Victor Harbor hotel – have got right up the nose of the Department of Transport.
According to this report a spokeswoman for the Department of Transport said police had been called to remove preachers from trains on the Noarlunga line in two separate incidents on December 21.
Transit staff reported that two male preachers were “abusing” passengers with slogans such as:
Homosexuals are sinners and women are all sinners.
The spokeswoman added:
Preaching on public transport is of concern to the Department, as it would be likely to cause discomfort for customers on board and in prescribed areas such as stations. In the event of such an incident, the Department will consider the options available under the Passenger Transport Act.
The lunatic Bible-thumpers have polarised the community in recent years with vocal Friday night protests in Rundle Mall in which they shout slogans at passing shoppers such as:
You are all sinners and will be killed by God.
Preachers spokesman Caleb Corneloup said the group had been taking their message aboard city trains over the past fortnight in an effort to spread their word further.
The demented Jesus junkie denied preachers were hassling commuters and claimed their methods aboard trains were conducted in a “more gentlemanly” way than the Rundle Mall gatherings.
It is a really good environment for preaching. You have got a captive audience and it is much easier to get your message across. You are able to preach in a lower voice.
The preachers challenged a ruling by Adelaide City Council that the gatherings were unlawful. In August, the Full Court of the Supreme Court ruled they had a right to continue their controversial sermons.
Corneloup said the previous court ruling gave him confidence his group had every right to preach on public transport.
While the group’s Rundle Mall preaching has sparked clashes between group members and pro-gay rights protesters, Corneloup said few people had objected to their presence on trains.
Almost everyone just sits and listens. One or two people out of the blue might say they don’t want to hear about religion but there have been no real problems.
Hat tip: Bill Murray