Despite positive things like public health care, some aspects of living in Europe make me glad to live in the States.
A Christian street preacher was arrested and locked in a cell for telling a passer-by that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God.
Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships.
The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached Christianity in Workington, Cumbria for years, said he did not mention homosexuality while delivering a sermon from the top of a stepladder, but admitted telling a passing shopper that he believed it went against the word of God.
Yeesh. Cultural bigots piss me off as much as anyone else, but screw that.
I know that my own rights are protected when reprehensible people can freely vent whatever pops into their otherwise empty head. By the way, as an aside to Joe Lieberman, the same goes for Constitutional protections regarding search, seizure, habeas corpus and torture, you brain-damaged embarrassment.
I also recommend Justice Breyer’s
consenting concurring opinion.