The efforts to silence pro-life activists have been ramping up.
Governments are using their power to pervert the criminal justice system to stamp out free speech.
And attacks on peaceful pro-lifers continue as this Pastor is found guilty of doing this simple thing.
Another pro-life activist in the United Kingdom has been charged with breaking a biased law that prevents pro-life free speech outside abortion businesses.
Simply holding a sign with a Bible verse
Pastor Stephen Green, 72, from South Wales, was found guilty of breaking a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).
His crime? He was holding a sign with a verse from the Bible on it outside of an abortion mill.
Green was prosecuted by Ealing Council under section 67 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
He was “in violation” of the law for holding the sign outside of an MSI Reproductive Choices clinic in Mattock Lane, West London, on February 6, 2023.
The legislation he allegedly violated prohibits any ‘act of disapproval’ of abortion within the ‘buffer zone’, which disgustingly includes praying and reading from the Bible.
The sign held by Pastor Green said: ‘Psalm 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.’
As reported by Christian Concern:
“Handing down judgment today at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in West London, District Judge Kathryn Verghis said: “The extract of the Psalm mentioning ‘my mother’s womb’…was an act of protest of abortion. There were less controversial verses you could have chosen to display. I can come to no other conclusion that [the verse] was an act of disapproval [of abortion services].. an act prohibited [by the PSPO].”
“Whilst admitting that the PSPO was “a significant interference” of Mr Green’s rights under articles 9 and 10 of the European Convention, she said those rights had to be weighed against individuals accessing abortion services.”
“She concluded that, Mr Green’s: “Protest was peaceful…but your actions were not proportionate….I find you guilty as summoned.”
Turning to sentencing, Mr Green’s lawyer said as a matter of principle that Mr Green would not pay any financial penalty, which could ultimately result in a prison sentence. The judge imposed a 1 year conditional discharge, the victim surcharge of £26 and a costs order of £2,400.”
Not backing down and continuing to stand for life
According to Christian Concern, Pastor Green is planning to appeal the guilty verdict and will not pay the fine for the bogus charges.
Green said, “As a Christian I should be able to preach freely all over the land. Psalm 139 is about how we all belong to God from conception.”
“Buffer zones and this conviction is a direct attack on the Bible and free speech, which is being licenced by the state. I have no choice but to continue to defend myself and fight for justice.
“People are right to be concerned about the buffer zone legislation. To bar Christian witness and to control what people can say is deeply draconian and discriminatory against Christians.”
“If it is now a criminal offence to hold a sign with a verse from Psalm 139 on it in a London street, then none of us is free.’
“I have been ordered to pay costs, frankly I would rather go to prison than pay this to the state that has banned the Bible.”
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, who is representing Pastor Green said, “Psalm 139 is one of the most well known and beautiful passages in the Bible which points to the hope and comfort of each person being wonderfully made and looked after by God. Hearing a judge say that verses from Psalm 139 are an ‘act of protest’ and to be punished is devastating.”
“The effect of the PSPO is to create an area where Bible verses and prayer are outlawed,” she said. We will stand with Mr Green as he seeks justice in this case.”
Psalm 139 is arguably one of the most famous and well-known pieces of scripture in the Bible.
But now it is a crime to quote it.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.