Street evangelist Tony Miano was arrested in the Wimbledon area of London earlier in July for alleged hate speech against gay people.
His arrest was recorded on video (below) by an unknown camera person and uploaded to YouTube.
However, Miano insists that he did not single out gay people, but condemned them along with others in his efforts to reach people for God, notes the Christian Post.
"I was expositing 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, where the apostle Paul admonishes the Thessalonians to abstain from all forms of sexual immorality," Miano told Los Angeles Christian radio station KKLA-FM on Friday.
"So I began to preach from that text by describing different kinds of sexual immorality from addiction to romance novels to pornography, fornication, sex outside of marriage, lust of the heart, lust of the mind, lust of the eyes and homosexuality," Miano said, who is a retired law enforcement officer from California. "So I spoke of many different kinds of sexual immorality."
However, romance novels and pornography are not mentioned in the Bible.
"The officers that detained me specifically said that the concern was the use of 'homophobic hate speech,'" added Miano, who was cited for "using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult."
"I was asked if I believe homosexuality is a sin," Miano said. "I was asked what portion of the Bible I was reading. I was asked that if a homosexual was hungry and walked up to me, would I give them something to eat."
Miano was later released the same night by a magistrate in London.
Source: Christian Post