Street Evangelist Tried for Talking about the Live of Mohammed in Taunton
Country: United Kingdom
Date of incident: June 27, 2014
Category: Government Restrictions
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Governmental / Islamist
Street evangelist, Mike Overd, is being prosecuted for an alleged religious aggravation public order offence. The charges followed a complaint to police in Taunton, that Mike Overd made a comparison between the life of Jesus and the life of Mohammed, allegedly "causing offense."Overd insists that when he made a comparison between the life of Jesus and the life led by Muhammad, he did not speak in a hateful way. As he stated: "It was a simple comparison and it was factual. Muhammad did marry a 9-year-old girl. I have no hatred of Muslims in me at all and only preach the truth of the gospel. Recently a Muslim man came to my defense when I was preaching and a local shopkeeper started to shout at me. The Muslim gentleman didn't take offense because he said he knew I was simply preaching what I believed and agreed there was no hatred in me."