UK man, critical of Christianity, is banned from churches
Robert Skynner, above – creator of The Christian Comedy Channel on YouTube who was jailed for eight weeks for harassing a Christian couple – has now been barred from entering any church or place of worship for five years.
According to this report, Skynner, 55, appealed his sentence and conviction after serving his sentence, but a Plymouth court not only rejected the appeal but imposed the church entry ban and served him with a Criminal Behaviour Order preventing him from sending messages in any way or use Twitter, YouTube or any other form of social media to make any allegations.
Skynner was jailed in Plymouth Magistrates’ Court for making a series of allegations about paedophilia against the Christian couple and for abusing religion on YouTube. His channel page states it offers:
Comedy which exposes the hypocrisy of the modern evangelical Christian Church.
It includes a series of parody videos in which Skynner dresses up as Freddie Mercury and reads the Bible.
Below is one entitled Learn the Bible with Freddie Mercury: Calvinism.
Recorder Jonathan Barnes asked Skynner, representing himself, where he worshipped so he would not be barred from his own church.
Skynner replied that he did not go to church – and:
Would not be seen dead in one.
He is also locked out of his YouTube channel – which is still live – and can no longer access it. But he seemed to accept he would stop making the allegations – after months of bombarding local papers with them.
He also sent messages to officers and churches and urged recipients to pass his messages on.
Skynner, of Devonport, Plymouth, said:
I cannot continue like this. This is destroying me. I feel I have gone as far as I can possibly go.
But he did say he would stand outside the old post office in the city centre with a friend holding a sign saying:
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.
Skynner denied harassment without violence of the couple between December 2015 and April 2016, but was found guilty after a trial at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court. He must not contact them, post about them online, send them messages or record personal information about them.
Writing on Twitter ahead of the appeal hearing in February, he said:
Pray for me … I had exposed sin in local churches and was arrested for harassment.
Hat tip: Marcus Robinson.