Published On: Mon, Jul 8th, 2013

Tony Miano, US street preacher arrested in London for his ‘homophobic’ language

Police arrested a man in South West London for using “homophobic” speech whilst street preaching. He is being supported by the Christian Legal Center.

tony-miano street preacher arrested in LondonTony Miano, a US citizen, was questioned by the police after a member of the public called them to the scene.

He had been speaking on the subject of sexual immorality and the need to abstain from it based on a passage from the Bible (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12).

Miano was then arrested and taken to the local police station where he was photographed, fingerprinted and had a DNA sample taken. He was taken to a cell with a toilet but no toilet paper.

During the interview to determine how he’d be charged Miano was asked: “Do you feel that what you did… is 100 per cent acceptable in a public place?“ and “Will you do this again tomorrow?”

Miano replied affirmatively to both questions. The investigating officer told the preacher solicitor that his answers to these last two questions left him no choice but to seek prosecution.

He was then escorted back to his cell and was given, upon request, a Bible to read – the very book whose teachings had led to his arrest.

About an hour later, the investigating officer entered Miano’s cell and told him that the inspector had decided to release him with no further action. At midnight he was released after just over seven hours in custody.

“The language I used was not homophobic, as I was not promoting fear or hatred of homosexuals. I began my message by assuring the people that mine was not a message of hate but of love. I was simply explaining a passage in the Bible which speaks of sexual immorality and that people should abstain from it (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12).

“I did not speak solely about homosexuality as a form of sexual immorality but also about any kind of sex outside of marriage between one man and one woman, as well as lustful thoughts. All of these are considered mainstream Christian positions and have been taught and believed by Christians for thousands of years.

“It was very distressing to be arrested and interrogated for openly expressing my deeply held Christian beliefs.”

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  1. Former LA Sheriff and Christian street evangelist Tony Miano arrested in Scotland discussing adultery, promiscuity and homosexuality as sin - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] was arrested in July last year, in London, for alleged “homophobic” comments. The case was […]

  2. EBelkin says:

    1. Someone else’s homosexuality doesn’t impact on my life or the lives of others. Whether or not it’s an abomination isn’t for us to judge. If you want to get sticky about it, there is a law against “spilling seed” in the bible too.

    2. Free speech has its limits too. Consider if you stood on the sidewalk with a megaphone and slandered another person – See how long it would be before you were arrested and rightly so.

    3. The man is a sanctimonious twerp who is creating a public nuisance whose main intent is to bring attention to himself. Nothing more.

  3. JWoods says:


    May God bless you and your ministry. Keep preaching the Word and staying faithful to God.

  4. antibuerokratieteam.net » Die Freiheit der anders Denkenden says:

    […] der kalifornische Straßenprediger Tony Miano für seine homophoben Äußerungen verhaftet wurde. Miano hatte Passanten angehalten von sexuellen Sünden abstand zu nehmen –nicht nur auf der […]

  5. Sean Hogan says:

    It is very telling when police will arrest someone for free speech especially in this case which is religious speech. Notice that this article doesn’t say what other articles have said which was that the person who called the police swore at Mr. Miano because of his religious beliefs (sounds like they have a hatred going on for religious speech) and then called police. England really has gone cookoo here.

    Homosexual groups don’t just want tolerance, they want full acceptance otherwise you’ll go in jail in Great Britain. Disgusting!

  6. Charles says:

    Homosexuality is an abomination!!

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