Atheist Defends Christian Evangelist Amid His Arrest for Publicly Preaching Controversial Message

The case is raising some eyebrows...

By Billy Hallowell Published on August 18, 2021

Evangelist Ryan Schiavo, an American street preacher, was arrested last month in the U.K. after publicly preaching about his beliefs on homosexuality. His legal plight is raising some eyebrows.

Schiavo was accused of violating Section 4A of the Public Order Act, a law intended to curb unpalatable behavior in the public square.

“[The law] bans people from causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress,” Christian Post reporter Ryan Foley told The Christian Post Podcast. “And the law declares a person guilty of an offense if he uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior or disorderly behavior — or displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting.”

Among other aspects of the story, Foley also shared that, in the midst of Schiavo’s detainment, an atheist man who openly disagreed with Schiavo’s views stood up to defend him. Despite those efforts, Schiavo was detained.

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Billy Hallowell has worked as a journalist and commentator for more than a decade. He is the director of communications and content for, the former senior editor at and the former faith and culture editor at TheBlaze. 

Originally published at Pathufind. Reprinted with permission.

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