On Tuesday, two street preachers were convicted in England for engaging in a verbal skirmish last July in which they quoted the Bible to a crowd including Muslims and LGBT supporters.
The British magistrate convicted Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell of disorderly conduct and using “threatening and abusive words … likely to cause alarm.” The men were both fined roughly $370 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of $37. They’ll also have to jointly pay court costs of over $4,000. A Criminal Order Behavior application will be made against Overd in May. The two men may face six motnsh in jail.
Chief Inspector Andy Williams defended the arrests, saying: