I'd like to write "Unbelievable", but it's not. England has almost crossed the tipping point culturally it seems. I like to think -- and still do -- that the Brits will realize what decades of secularism, socialized government, and capitulation to Muslims have done to them and fight back. It's in the later rounds to be sure.
The preachers, both ministers in Birmingham, were handing out leaflets on Alum Rock Road in February when they started talking to four Asian youths.
A police community support officer (PCSO) interrupted the conversation and began questioning the ministers about their beliefs.
They said when the officer realised they were American, although both have lived in Britain for many years, he launched a tirade against President Bush and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr Cunningham said: "I told him that this had nothing to do with the gospel we were preaching but he became very aggressive.
"He said we were in a Muslim area and were not allowed to spread our Christian message. He said we were committing a hate crime by telling the youths to leave Islam and said that he was going to take us to the police station."
The preacher refused to give the PCSO his address because he felt the officer's manner was "threatening and intimidating".
The ministers claim he also advised them not to return to the area. As he walked away, the PCSO said: "You have been warned. If you come back here and get beaten up, well you have been warned".
West Midlands Police, who refused to apologise, said the incident had been "fully investigated" and the officer would be given training in understanding hate crime and communication.
It also highlights what I think will be a growing problem for Christians in the West. Our faith is not a uniting force. It will become more and more controversial as people realize that faith in Christ sets standards. People don't like standards -- at least not external ones. Even our cultural and political allies will turn on us (or sit by while enemies do the legal and political persecution necessary) eventually. "Hate crimes" seems like an efficient means to get the ball rolling.