The Media Ridicules Street Preacher Silenced by Bagpiper and Police


– 21 September 2015 –


Patulcius-sqSeveral British news sites have covered a story about an ‘anti-gay preacher’ whose loud street sermon is drowned out by a young bagpiper before police arrive to silence the preacher.  The media’s tone is much like that found in amusing human interest stories about streakers at football games or kids getting stuck in claw machines.  These stories are meant to be light-hearted and uncontroversial.  In the U.K., it has become light-hearted and uncontroversial to mock Bible-believing street preachers.

A homophobic preacher met his match ‘in the most Scottish way possible’ when his hate-filled speech was deliberately drowned out by a young bagpiper to the delight of passing shoppers.

The hilarious incident took place on Market Street in the Scottish town of St Andrews yesterday and was caught on camera by one of those watching the unusual scene unfold – the clip has since been viewed more than two million times.

The unnamed ‘preacher’ was armed with a microphone and notes when he took to the town’s main street and began ranting that same-sex marriage has ‘ruined the economy.’


The young bagpipe player, who is out of shot, can be heard approaching the scene before he appears in the corner of the screen.

While the young busker attracts a small crowd with his musical prowess, the ranting man has an audience conspicuous by their absence throughout the footage.

Then the young man, playing Scotland the Brave the entire time, slowly walks towards the preacher and begins following him around, managing to completely drown out his bigoted spiel.

As the preacher attempts to edge away from the young bagpiper he continues his slow and steady approach, applauded by cheers and whoops of approval from passing shoppers.

Then, shortly before the video cuts out, a passing police van pulls over and an officer beckons to the preacher to come over and speak to them.


Then the young man (pictured in a blue t-shirt), playing Scotland the Brave the entire time, slowly walks towards the preacher and begins following him around, managing to completely drown out his bigoted rant

As the preacher attempts to edge away from the young bagpiper he continues his slow and steady approach

Shortly before the video cuts out a passing police van pulls over and an officer beckons to the preacher

The young bagpiper, clearly satisfied with a job well done, then completes his victory lap around the street’s fountain before returning to his original spot.

The young man has been roundly congratulated by users on social media for his excellent use of musical resistance.

One wrote: ‘Was there today when that happened. Preacher was yelling scripture while condemning everyone and people literally just ignored him.

‘A few managers from restaurants came out of their shops to tell him to shut up but of course microphone and amp reigns supreme… until…BAGPIPES!’

Liam Compton wrote: ‘Some heroes don’t wear capes.’

Joe Walsh joked: ‘That’s one way to get the guy to pipe down.’

Lachie Blair, who posted the video on Facebook, added the piper won this battle ‘in the most Scottish way possible’.


In a way I understand why the people would cheer.  In the video footage, the preacher is difficult to understand and he seems to lack savvy in connecting with his audience.  It seems doubtful that the lost would even hear his message.  On the other hand, how many Old Testament prophets seem to exhort their audiences in similar fashion?

In any case, it is terrible that the police arrived to silence him.  I couldn’t get any information on what happened to the preacher afterward, whether he was arrested or not.  Britain has a recent history of arresting such street preachers if their message could offend sexual deviants or foreigners, though many of these were later found innocent.

British ‘hate crime’ laws fall under the Public Order Act of 1986, which has been amended several times to outlaw activities that could stir up racial, religious, or sexually oriented hatred.  Theoretically the law allows a measure of free speech and expression by only penalizing those who show an actual intent to cause “harassment, alarm or distress” by using “[(a),] threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, or (b) displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting”.

A 2013 amendment removed the word “insulting” from the law, and this seems to have eliminated some of the arrests, if not the societal disdain for traditional Christianity.

As traditional Christianity becomes increasingly rare and counter-cultural in Western nations, expect more crack-downs on those who continue to espouse or express our Faith in public.  Society doesn’t tolerate dissidents, and we have rapidly fallen into that category.

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  1. Reblogged this on Brittius.



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