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Bonkers bus driver broke cathedral’s ‘no preaching’ rule

Bonkers bus driver broke cathedral’s ‘no preaching’ rule

Allen Coote, a 55-year-old bus driver who was arrested last week for bellowing  biblical baloney outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London, wants the UK Parliament to pass a preacher protection law.

According to this report, Coote has been making a nuisance of himself outside the cathedral, and was repeated told to bugger off by cathedral staff.

A statement issued by the cathedral said:

In order to provide a prayerful and safe space for all, St Paul’s has a policy of limiting any form of public oration, protest, demonstration, preaching or other source of disturbance to people.

The Chapter’s policy is to allow a short interval and then ask the person to stop, and to involve the police if they refuse to do so or to move off the Cathedral’s land. The police are supportive of this policy and on one occasion briefly arrested a man who regularly returned to read loudly passages from the Bible because he was refusing to respond to polite requests from Cathedral staff to move on.

But the cathedral partially backed down after the loon got a meet one of the cathedral ‘s clergy, and Coote was told he would be allowed to read from his Big Book of Bullshit once a week for 30 minutes.

Not good enough, says Coote, who called the decision “unreasonable”. He’s now involved himself in a new campaign started by the religious freedom group Barnabas Fund to urge Parliament to enact a new law to protect the right to of the religiously handicapped to publicly preach from the Bible.

Martin Parsons, the charity’s head of research, said:

One of the first aspects of freedom of religion to be established in England was the freedom to read the Bible in public. A Royal decree specifically forbade clergy from stopping anyone reading the Bible in public. Now St Paul’s Cathedral is trying to stop someone reading the Sermon on the Mount in public.

Coote said:

I can’t see why there was a problem. Nobody [members of the public] actually complained. I’m not sure why they wanted to take action on me but I felt it was right for me to read the Bible and I’ve been doing it since.

St Paul’s officials had tried to stop Coote from reading the Bible aloud to passersby on church property for 10 out of 11 times in the past few months.

Coote added:

The Bible says to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. Now, there are many people on the concourse of St Paul’s that come … from all nations of the world and I was just basically [saying] what they should hear. Some of them were really pleased to stop and just listen to me reading from the Bible …

9 responses to “Bonkers bus driver broke cathedral’s ‘no preaching’ rule”

  1. Angela_K says:

    “Nobody complained” That is because they were laughing at you!

  2. Michael says:

    Yes, get that preacher protection law passed asap. I want to be able to ridicule Ray Comfort,Kirk Cameron and others outside of St Paul’s Cathedral. A fun day out.

  3. Cali Ro says:

    So would that law include all religions? Are they prepared for Muslims reading the Koran or Mormons reading the Book of Mormon or Scientolog-ist reading from Dianetics? How about atheist reading some Dawkins? Careful what you ask for.

  4. Robster says:

    Here’s an idea, why don’t the ‘authorities’ at the big flashy church set up a Humour Court or Mirth Mile? The idea would be to set aside a safe area for the serially and loudly deluded to strut their stuff, in an area safe for both the passers by and for the wanna be preachers? As an added bonus, a kiosk to flog off the collected foreskins (that might be the other mob, come to think of it), freshly baked edible Jesus crackers with a beverage option, inside licensed hours? Even a fun ‘n fashion display with all the silly outfits and hats, bringing joy to all.

  5. Broga says:

    Bloody hell! What can I say.

  6. gedediah says:

    Sounds like they don’t want anyone drawing the public’s attention to what’s actually in the bible.

  7. Stonyground says:

    My family and I paid a visit to Lincoln the other day to do some shopping. There was a street preacher there wearing a head mic coupled to some kind of compact PA. The passing shoppers were completely ignoring him. These idiots never take the hint that nobody is remotely interested in their infantile superstitions.

  8. andym says:

    I love watching people walking past them, paying no attention whatever.Fills me with hope for the future. There’s one in Aberystwyth and I actually sit to watch the total indifference.Ten minutes later I’ve completely forgotten the content.Thought for the Day has a similar half-life.

  9. Stephen Harvie says:

    These loons are more entertaining that most rubbish on television. Instead of Britain’s Got No Talent we could have Britain’s Craziest Preacher or Have I Got Hellfire For You

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