LONDON — The Metropolitan Police Service in London has agreed to pay the equivalent of $3,000 U.S. dollars to a street preacher who was arrested in February as he refused to leave after an offended man called police to claim that the preacher was being “Islamophobic.” After being freed, the preacher was driven out of the area and dropped off at a bus stop, where he would have been stranded if a good Samaritan had not paid for his ticket.
The Christian Legal Centre, which offered assistance to Oluwole Ilesanmi, pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God, had written a pre-action letter to the police regarding the violation of the preacher’s rights. The Metropolitan Police Service consequently agreed to pay the pastor damages for claims of false imprisonment, humiliation and mental trauma.
Ilesanmi will also deliver a petition on Tuesday to Home Secretary Priti Patel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan in asking the government to work to protect street preachers and the freedom of speech. The petition has generated over 40,000 signatures as of press time.
Psalms 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 34:12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. 34:16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. 34:21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. 34:22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.