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Justices toss Greenville street preacher’s ‘disturbance’ conviction (access required)

The S.C. Supreme Court struck down a Greenville city prohibition against comments that "humiliate," "insult" and "scare" people, ruling it was too vague to be enforced and overturning the conviction of a man arrested while preaching against homosexuality. Samuel Harms (pictured), a Greenville lawyer who represented Bane, said the police officer testified that she arrested Bane because he was preaching against homosexuality. The officer testified she spent about an hour telling the preacher "what he could say under the city code and what he could not say under the city code," Harms said. "This is nothing more than the city of Greenville taking sides in the cultural debate over homosexuality, and they've sided with the homosexuals and they want to shut down any Christians that want to preach that homosexuality is a sin," Harms said.

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