If you have read our blog for any time the name Tony Miano would not be unfamiliar. A former Sheriff Deputy and a Christian evangelist in the Open Air scene, Tony was arrested in Scotland on January 8th, 2014. It seems the charge against him has something to do with the mention of homosexuality as a sin. He was eventually released although he has to go back to Scotland for trial later in April. Declaring homosexuality as sin has become a violation of the blasphemy code of the Left.
Christian Concern has the story:
Christian Legal Centre client, Tony Miano, was arrested this week after a woman complained that he had spoken about sexual sin.
The Christian street evangelist was remanded in custody overnight and later released on bail to appear before Dundee Sheriff’s Court on 22nd April.
Tony, who is a former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff, was arrested on 8th January on a charge of alleged breach of peace with “homophobic” aggravation.
He was part of a street preaching team holding a week-long mission in Scotland.
He was the second of the street pastors to address lunchtime shoppers in Dundee High Street. He talked about the nature of sin; about the different sins that Jesus had come to save people from when a woman began to shout at him. He was preaching about sin in general and when he mentioned sexual sin including adultery, promiscuity and homosexual practice, the woman shouted that her son was gay.
Mr. Miano’s colleague, Pastor Josh Williamson of the Craigie Reformed Baptist Church in Perth, who was present at the incident explains: “Tony wasn’t focussing just on homosexual practice – it was about all sin. A woman was yelling at him and her friend noticed we were filming the preaching, so she ran up to me and tried to smash my camera.”
He says the first woman then appeared to be calling the police on her mobile just as a council warden came along and said that while we were doing nothing wrong, and had the right to free speech, we should move on.
Mr. Miano finished his preaching in a few minutes and as the street preachers packed up two police officers arrived. At this point Pastor Williamson says the women shouted that they would get the preachers arrested.
“The female officer saw we had a camera and lunged for it and then the male policeman grabbed it and threw it in the police van,” says Pastor Williamson.
He says the male officer interviewed the women and then immediately arrested Mr. Miano, but did not question him or explain why he was being arrested.
“After Tony was put in the police van I asked why he was being arrested and was told it was for a breach of the peace and for using homophobic language,” says Josh Williamson.
Tony appeared before the Sheriff’s Court on 9th January, where he pleaded ‘not guilty’. He has been bailed to appear for trial at Dundee Sheriff’s Court on 22 April but is free to return to his home in the United States
Andrea Minichiello Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, says the incident raises serious questions about police procedure and understanding of the law in dealing with such incidents.
“This appears to be an overzealous reaction by the police. The incident, adds to the number of arrests of Christian street evangelists for preaching from the Bible. It is indicative of the suppression of the freedom to speak and live out the words of Jesus Christ in public and present the teachings of the Bible,” says Andrea.
She adds that the Christian Legal Centre is ready to serve anyone who is challenged for expressing their Christian beliefs.
“At the Christian Legal Centre we are committed to helping people to continue to preach the Gospel in our nation.”
Tony Miano was arrested in July last year, in London, for alleged ‘homophobic’ comments. The case was dropped.
Tony has also told his side of the story on the Janet Mefferd Show which one can listen to online by clicking HERE.
On his facebook page Tony Miano also posted the following account of his time in jail:
“Well, as many of you have heard, after about 28 hours, I’ve been released from jail. Pray for Robert who heard the gospel this morning as we shared a holding cell while we both awaited our court appearances.
Will be on The Janet Mefferd Show in just a bit. Then preaching tonight’s evangelistic service at Craigie Reformed Baptist Church – Perth, Scotland.
Operating on about an hour’s sleep over the last two days. Josh Williamson’s phone has been ringing non-stop for the last 24 hours.
May the Lord use all of this for his glory.
Last night in my cell, I read all of the Book of Acts and Luke 1-17. A verse that really struck me, bringing me to tears, was Luke 17:10.”
We shall see how this story develop.