Petitioning MP Rebecca Pow MP

Stop hate preaching on our High Street

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Many locals to the Taunton and Bridgwater Area will know of a gentleman who stands on the bottom of Taunton High Street and the Main Street in Bridgwater Preaching.

This happens most Weekends. Michael Overd who preaches christianity on a regular basis is often caught getting into conflict with shoppers and passers by.

Whilst I myself and many Taunton & Bridgwater residents have no problems with street preaching This gentleman hurls Racial, homophobic, discriminative and offensive comments at the public, saying that "all gays will go to hell" calling woman "whores"and  targeting disabled children. He had been charged on numerous occasions for racial and homophobic aggravation and got away with just a fine.

The latest incident he was arrested today 19th August in Bridgwater.

He stated that this is how love for god, But is often shouting at passers by and saying that we are all sinners and we will go to hell for not believing in God. He makes racial remarks and homophobic remarks to anyone who walks past. 

I got into a confrontation with him last week because of my sexuality, Saying I was a sinner and will go to hell for being Gay, And just because i have 2 kids I am a bad father for bringing them up in that environment. 

I am proposing that we go to the local council and get this man banned from preaching in the town centre, As locals want a hassle free shopping experience. 

I wish to state I have no issue with religion or anyone peacefully preaching in public, But this man takes it too far and causes local businesses damage on a weekly basis. 

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