Conservative Fox News talking head Bill O’Reilly has said that it should be illegal for religious people to confront LGBTs to tell them they are sinners after an American Christian was arrested for homophobic hate speech in the UK.
American evangelist Tony Miano was arrested after yelling homophobic comments through a megaphone on July 1 and held for around six hours by London Metropolitan Polie.
O’Reilly said on Wednesday night in discussing the incident, that if someone ‘gets in a gay man’s face’ and tells him ‘you’re going to hell, you’re going to hell … I think that should be against the law.’
‘Because he’s invading the person’s space. He’s bringing intentional, personal anguish to the person. I think that person should be protected.’
O’Reilly made the comments in an on-air conversation with Fox Business’ John Stossel who agreed with him, saying that speech that ‘incite violence’ should be banned.
‘Going to hell is pretty violent,’ O’Reilly replied.
‘It’s pretty hot down there. It doesn’t feel good.’
O’Reilly’s comments come after he said in March that he was ‘fine’ with the idea of same-sex couples being able to wed legally and said the only arguments against it had not been able to do anything but ‘thump the Bible.’