UK: Christian arrested for “racism” and “Islamophobia” for preaching to Muslims wins $2786 for wrongful arrest
Robert Spencer | Jihad Watch – How much has Britain deteriorated as a free society? This much: a Christian preacher from Nigeria, Oluwole Ilesanmi, discovered several months ago in London that preaching Christianity in public was “racist” and “Islamophobic,” because it offended Muslims. And London’s Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan defended the arrest of Ilesanmi, saying that “there are limitations” on the freedom of speech.
Now Ilesanmi has been awarded $2,786 for wrongful arrest. That is good news, but it is nonetheless still clear in what direction Britain is heading. Would a Muslim preacher have ever been arrested and charged with “racism” for preaching Islam to Christians? Of course not.
“Police arrest preacher, 64, and grab his Bible… for promoting Christianity: Pastor accused of hate speech for ‘racist’ comments about Islam wins £2,500 payout from Scotland Yard,” by Ben Ellery, Mail on Sunday, July 27, 2019:
A Christian street preacher who had his Bible wrested from him as he was handcuffed and taken away by police has been awarded £2,500 for wrongful arrest.
Oluwole Ilesanmi, 64, has welcomed the payout by the Metropolitan Police as a victory for freedom of speech after he had been wrongly accused of Islamophobia.
The former dentist was preaching outside Southgate Tube station in North London in February when he was approached by two officers.
A passer-by had earlier called police and accused Mr Ilesanmi of hate speech.
He admits to having described Islam as an ‘aberration’ but insists he was simply expressing his point of view as a Christian rather than denigrating Muslims.
One of the police officers claimed Mr Ilesanmi was disturbing the peace, saying: ‘No one wants to hear that. They want you to go away.’
A video of the incident taken by a passer-by shows the policeman taking the Bible away, to Mr Ilesanmi’s visible distress.
One of the officers then says: ‘You should’ve thought about that before being racist.’
He was handcuffed before the officer gave a thumbs-up to the camera. Mr Ilesanmi was then bundled into a police car and driven several miles away. There the grandfather was ‘de-arrested’ and let out of the car.
However, he was not carrying any money and it was only thanks to the kindness of a stranger who gave him the necessary bus fare that he was able to get back.
Scotland Yard has now agreed to pay Mr Ilesanmi £2,500 for wrongful arrest and his humiliating and distressing treatment.
Mr Ilesanmi told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I believe God loves everyone, including Muslims, but I have the right to say I that I don’t agree with Islam – we are living in a Christian country, after all….
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