영국에서 이슬람과 테러리즘 사이의 연계성을 지적하는 설교를 했다가 치안유지법을 위반한 혐의를 얻게 된 나이지리아 출신 선교사가 무죄로 풀려났다.
기독교단체는 이날 62세의 올루울레 일레산미가 목사가 지난 6월 이슬람을 비난하는 설교를 했다가 이슬람 혐오에 따른 증오 범죄 혐의로 경찰의 조사를 받았다.
이같은 발언은 무슬림들의 비난을 받았고, 2명의 정치 활동가들로부터 지적을 받았다.
일레산미 목사는 테러리즘과 이슬람 간의 연결고리가 있으며, 성경이 유일한 길이라고 강조하면서 예수 그리스도께 돌이키라고 촉구했다.
기독교법률센터(Christian Legal Center, CLC)의 협력 변호사는 영국 왕립검찰청(Crown Prosecution Service)에 의견서를 제출해 영국법은 표현의 자유를 보장하고 있다고 주장했고, 이번 사건은 기각됐다.
일레산미 목사는 “난 기독교인들이 몇 년 전 나이지리아에 전해준 진정한 복음의 메시지를 다시 돌려주기 위해 영국에 있다. 무엇보다 나이지리아에서 많은 고통받는 기독교인들을 보았다. 그러나 역설적으로 나의 조국 나이지리아와 전 세계의 무슬림 국가에서와 같이 이곳에서 고소를 당했다”고 안타까워했다.
그는 “언제 쯤이면, 영국이 깨어나서 이슬람에 복종하는 것은 답이 아니라는 사실과 오직 주 예수 그리스도 만이 영국의 모든 문제의 답이 될 것이라는 사실을 깨닫게 될까? 난 증오 설교자로서 조사를 받고 재판에 넘겨졌다”고 말했다.
그러면서 “난 절대 증오범죄자가 아니다. 난 단순히 예수 그리스도의 사랑을 증거했을 뿐이다. 설교자들이 이 사랑을 가장 잘 드러낼 수 있는 일은 복음을 전할 뿐 아니라 사람들에게 진리를 말하는 것이다. 또 이슬람과 같이 거짓된 종교에 대해 말하는 것”이라고 강조했다.
CLC의 안드레아 윌리암스 변호사는 영국 경찰이 거리의 설교자들을 법에 따라 보호하기 위해 나타나지 않았다며 영국 경찰을 비판했다.
출처 : http://www.christiantoday.co.kr/news/307497
LINCOLN, England, December 8, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A U.K. Christian street preacher accused by Muslims of hate speech and convicted by a lower court has had the ruling overturned by a higher court this week.
Daniel Courney, 33, was convicted by Lincoln Magistrates Court in September of using “threatening and discriminatory language” while preaching in Lincoln in June.
Courney, an American missionary who served in the United States military and has been a missionary in Nepal and India for 8 years, preached a message of repentance and of the need to believe in Jesus Christ to be saved.
A Muslim woman and her family who heard Courney’s message on the street claimed the preacher singled them out and called them “ISIS” and told them to “go back to your country.” The Muslims reported the matter to police who arrested the preacher.
Courney denied the allegations. Despite this, however, he was charged under Section 5 of the Public Order Act with using “threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress.”
Lincolnshire Live reported that Adrian Clark, a friend of Courney, posted on Facebook in September that the judge who found him guilty was biased against the Christian message of salvation only through Jesus Christ.
“The judge was an impassioned multi-culturalist. He seemed antagonistic to the one person publically declaring another’s religious beliefs as being wrong,” Courney’s friend wrote.
“He trusted the prosecution witnesses despite their glaring inconsistencies. Despite Daniel being a man who serves his community in India and Nepal without fear or favour … and courageously protected a Muslim from being beaten in Bristol, this seemed to have had no bearing on the judge’s finding,” the friend added.
During the appeal, the Christian Legal Centre’s solicitor Michael Phillips argued that English law provides Courney with the freedom to preach Christianity, and that this has been successfully upheld for many years.
The Crown Court judge agreed and overturned the conviction.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said the case demonstrates how police do not understand free speech laws.
“We are proud to represent street preachers in our country as they share the love of Jesus Christ with people on the street. This case once again highlights the need for police operating in these situations to understand how the law protects free speech,” she said.
After his conviction was overturned, Courney said that he had come to the United Kingdom to “bring back the message of Jesus Christ.”
“The message is a simple one: repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and do not follow false religions. Unfortunately, I’ve had to travel to and from the United Kingdom four times in the past three months. I have had other restrictions on my liberty during that time. I have been held in police custody and accused of being a hate preacher,” he said.
“At all times I simply wanted to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ,” he added.
Courney thanked the Christian Legal Centre for their help, support and free legal counsel.
Christian street preachers in the U.K. are fighting an uphill battle to revive faith in a country where Christianity is on its way to extinction.
Approximately 60 percent of people in the United Kingdom declare themselves to be Christians. But, according to United Kingdom’s “Faith Survey”, the number of Christians born in Britain is falling at a staggering rate. Between 2001 and 2011 the number of Christians born in the U.K. fell by 5.3 million.
“With a continued rate of decline at this level, the number of UK-born Christians would reduce to zero by 2067,” the survey predicted.
출처 : https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/uk-christian-street-preacher-found-not-guilty-of-hate-speech-against-muslim