Scots court rules that feeble-mindedness is not a crime
Gordon Larmour, 42, above, suffers from ABCD – Advanced Brain Cell Deficiency – a condition that compels him to take to the streets and annoy the hell out of folks with Bible babble.
This behaviour, according to the Telegraph, led to his arrest in his home town of Irvine, Ayrshire, for allegedly preaching against homosexuality.
The street preacher was frogmarched to a police van, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour – “aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation” – and spent a night in custody.
But six months after he was was charged by police for telling the fable of Adam and Eve to a 19-year-old gay man who asked him about God’s views on homosexuality, Larmour was cleared of any wrongdoing by a sheriff.
Larmour referred to the Book of Genesis and stated that God created Adam and Eve to produce children.
I can’t see why I was arrested in the first place – it was a massive overreaction and a waste of everyone’s time. The police didn’t listen to me. They took the young homosexual guy’s side straight away and read me my rights.
I feel they try so hard to appear like they are protecting minorities, they go too far the other way. I want to be able to tell people the good word of the Gospel and think I should be free to do so. I wasn’t speaking my opinions – I was quoting from the Bible.
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said:
It is a great relief that the judge ruled in favour of Gordon, because the case simply did not stand up to scrutiny.
Mr Larmour lost his marbles a few years back, became a born-again Christian and has been evangelising for seven years.
At around 7.30pm on July 17 last year he was handing out leaflets on Irvine’s High Street when a group of young men passed him.
He told them:
Don’t forget Jesus loves you and He died for your sins.
One asked Larmour:
What does your God say about homosexuals?
The two argued and Mr Larmour claimed he was chased by the young man. However, he was the one arrested when the police arrived.
I think the police should have handled it differently and listened to what I had to say. They should have calmed the boy down and left it at that.
In court the boy’s friend told the truth – that I hadn’t assaulted him or called him homophobic names. I had simply answered his question and told him about Adam and Eve and Heaven and Hell. Preaching from the Bible is not a crime.
At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Sheriff Alistair Watson ruled there was no case to answer and acquitted Mr Larmour of threatening or abusive behaviour, aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.
The sheriff also found him not guilty of a second charge of assault aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.
Hat tip: Trevor Blake