Tony Miano, the street evangelist arrested in downtown Wimbledon earlier this month for his alleged hate speech against homosexuals, said he did not specifically single out the sin of homosexuality.
"I was expositing 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, where the apostle Paul admonishes the Thessalonians to abstain from all forms of sexual immorality," Miano told Christian radio talk show host Frank Sontag during a segment on KKLA on Friday. "So I began to preach from that text by describing different kinds of sexual immorality, from addiction to romance novels to pornography, fornication, sex outside of marriage, lust of the heart, lust of the mind, lust of the eyes and homosexuality. So I spoke of many different kinds of sexual immorality."
"The officers that detained me specifically said that the concern was the use of 'homophobic hate speech,'" Miano, a retired deputy sheriff from Los Angeles County, Calif., said.
The violation officers cited was Public Order Act Section 5, for "using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult," he explained in a YouTube video.
While spending seven hours in jail, he said police interrogated him about his faith in Jesus Christ, and was asked a series of questions.
"I was asked if I believe homosexuality is a sin. I was asked what portion of the Bible I was reading. I was asked that if a homosexual was hungry and walked up to me, would I give them something to eat," Miano recounted.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post