There was a time when people in Britain could be punished for not believing Christian doctrine. Now they get punished for stating it. From the May 1, 2010 Daily Mail:
A Christian street preacher has been arrested and charged with a public-order offence after saying that homosexuality was sinful.Freedom of religion; homosexuality: pick one.
Dale Mcalpine was handing out leaflets to shoppers when he told a passer-by and a gay police community support officer that, as a Christian, he believed homosexuality was one of a number of sins that go against the word of God.
Mr Mcalpine said that he did not repeat his remarks on homosexuality when he preached from the top of a stepladder after his leafleting.
But he has been told that police officers are alleging they heard him making his remarks to a member of the public in a loud voice that could be overheard by others.