Sermon protest two bound over
Two men who protested against adopting Muslim laws in Britain during the Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter Sunday sermon have had the charges against them dropped.
After Monday's brief hearing at Canterbury Magistrates' Court, Kyle Spotswood, 26, from Dagenham Road, Sheffield, issued a challenge to Dr Williams to take part in a public debate about the issues surrounding the adoption of aspects of Islamic Sharia law in the UK.
He and Sidney Cordle, 52, from Knowle Lane, Sheffield, were arrested last month after they interrupted Dr Williams's Easter Sunday sermon at Canterbury Cathedral.
They stood in front of the pulpit, shouting and waving placards bearing the words, "Support the persecuted church" and "No to Sharia law".
The two men were bound over, which means they must promise to keep the peace during the next 12 months or face a £100 fine.
They had been charged under Section Two of the 1860 Ecclesiastical Courts Jurisdiction Act, which says it is an offence to disrupt a cathedral service.
Speaking outside court, Mr Cordle said he and Mr Spotswood were pleased the Crown Prosecution Service had recognised their right for free speech.
Posted on 04/09/2008 3:36 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax