Civil Liberties

Brickbat: Street Corner Serenade


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Officials in Basildon, England, have agreed to pay £2,500 to settle a wrongful arrest and false imprisonment claim by street preacher Rob Hughes. Hughes was arrested and held for 11 hours after a woman complained he'd made homophobic remarks. Hughes says he never mentioned homosexuality, though he did say the government was destroying marriage by redefining it. He says he recorded his sermon and offered to let officers listen to it, but they refused.