A PETITION protesting at the shocking arrest of Pastor John Sherwood as he was preaching in public has so far gathered 28,000 signatures – and you can add yours here.
The petition is substantially based on the eyewitness account of the incident published by TCW on April 27 and is part of a burgeoning campaign to stop the 71-year-old clergyman facing formal charges.
In addition, a protest is being arranged for this coming Wednesday outside New Scotland Yard on London’s Victoria Embankment to highlight the injustice of the police action.
The petition demands that the Crown Prosecution Service, which still has the case under consideration, should not proceed with any charges.
Pastor Sherwood’s arrest has caused widespread outrage and as well as being highlighted in British newspapers is attracting interest from the US media.
He was arrested in Uxbridge on April 23 as he preached alongside Pastor Peter Simpson in the town centre. His theme was Genesis 1, declaring that God’s design in creating mankind was to set human beings in families, headed by a father and a mother, not by two fathers or by two mothers.
After a man and woman claimed he had made ‘homophobic’ statements and uttered ‘hate speech’, he was arrested on the grounds of section 5 of the Public Order Act, namely that he had been causing alarm and distress to members of the public.
The pastor was handcuffed, marched to a police car and driven to a police detention centre near Heathrow Airport, where he was kept overnight and not released until around noon the next day.
Pastor Sherwood and Pastor Simpson returned to preach in Uxbridge last week and Pastor Simpson said: ‘We received much encouragement from passers-by.’
We at TCW urge you to sign the petition and thwart this outrageous attack on free speech.