Arkansas Street Preacher Is Pulled Over, Placed Under Arrest for Anti-LGBT ‘Sermon’ He Gave a Year Before


An Arkansas street preacher was arrested recently, nearly one year after voicing his beliefs on the sidewalk, a move that could have chilling implications for First Amendment rights in the state.

Batesville resident Jeremy Anders says he felt called to testify while driving through the city on June 5 of last year.

Anders, a former homosexual who has renounced the lifestyle and now vehemently preaches against it, posted himself on a downtown sidewalk and began speaking about local businesses’ engagement with LGBT causes.

Many of the downtown businesses, including Stella’s Brick Oven, the restaurant Anders was preaching in front of, were closed on June 5, 2022 — a Sunday.

A police report taken that night, after Anders had already left the area, lists Stella’s owner as the complainant. She told police Anders started posting “aggressive videos” on the business’ Facebook page after she placed a “safe place” sticker on the window, and quoted Anders as saying, “people like you should burn in hell.”

Also included as a witness in the report is Shannon Hix, founderof “Batesville PRIDE,” an LGBT organization in the city.

The preaching and subsequent police response took place less than a week before Hix’s group’s annual “PRIDEfest” was set to begin.

While saying his nightly prayers that same evening, Anders was visited by officers from the Batesville Police Department, who informed him of the decision and ordered him not to return to the business.

Although Anders said he never returned to Stella’s, the issue appears to have been quickly escalated by authorities without his knowledge.

On June 7, a day after the police report was initially filed, a Batesville police investigator signed a probable cause affidavit for Anders’ actions in front of Stella’s and social media posts made by the street preacher, calling the business “gay pride supporters” and “homosexual enablers.” An arrest warrant was filed three days later, claiming there were reasonable grounds for believing Anders committed misdemeanor harassment.

For nearly a year, Anders continued with his life and mission, unaware he was wanted by police.
While driving to work on April 20, Anders was blindsided. The street preacher was pulled over and arrested on the outstanding harassment warrant. He was kept in jail for over 24 hours and now faces a June 14 court date.

Fortunately for Anders, a member of a major Christian organization has taken up his case.

“Everything that they accused him of doing is protected speech and expression under the First Amendment,” Bob Ballinger, director of law and policy at the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, told The Western Journal.

“There is nothing that he’s done that is not protected speech.”

It looks like Ballinger is right when it comes to the case against Anders.

There’s a good reason the Founding Fathers didn’t put a litmus test in the First Amendment for what constitutes “allowed” speech and religion. Giving government the power to determine whether speech is made with or without “good cause” creates problems that our nation’s founders understood all too well.

“I think the city feels like he’s small and that he’s insignificant and that he is a pest … and his life [doesn’t] matter that much,” Ballinger said. “They’re willing to crush his rights because he’s a nuisance to the wrong people.”

“It’s fundamentally immoral,” he continued, “not to mention unconstitutional.”

Thankfully, Anders is not being pawned off on a public defender hungry for a plea deal. Ballinger and the NACL are ready to fight for the street preacher’s rights, and by extension, the most basic right afforded to all of us by the Constitution.

“Right now he’s the least one, but it won’t be very long until we’re the least ones,” Ballinger warned. “It’s important that his rights are protected and that our rights are protected.”

A fundraiser securing donations for Anders’ legal defense can be found here. source

Brethren, we were warned by Jesus about the arrest of His people, and also that we would be killed for His namesake!

 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).


10 thoughts on “Arkansas Street Preacher Is Pulled Over, Placed Under Arrest for Anti-LGBT ‘Sermon’ He Gave a Year Before

  1. I guess I’m ignorant about the homo friendly “atmosphere” in Arkansas.
    I thought they were conservative down there especially after electing Sara Huckabee Sanders who’s a Christian. A real Christian gov would never happen in Wa state. So I’m a little blindsided by this event in Ark. where there is one. I once considered moving down there but I guess they’re just like (or getting there) the rest of the rottenness part of America. So I guess I’ll stay put in my cesspool pt in moving. It all has the same odor these last days.

    I guess there’s no safe place any longer. Looks like in Ark that Gal 5:9 applies…a little leaven spoils the whole lump of dough..

  2. julieg777

    This pride thing is getting to be too much! The hubby bought some Hershey bars today to make Smores later tonight. It had rainbows all over it. I told him not to buy Hershey’s anymore! I am so tired of it! They are really pushing it in our faces everyday! This movement is demonic! Proverbs 16:18 PRIDE goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

  3. Carol

    This story is very disturbing but you’re right Geri, Jesus told us we would be persecuted when we stand for righteousness. Thank God this man Jeremy Anders took a stand and thank God there are people willing to take a stand to not only defend this man but all of our rights. I believe we have been given a window of opportunity to take this stand who knows perhaps God will delay his judgment if not perhaps we will wake others up to what’s happening and they will cry out to God for mercy. Either way may God find me worthy to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

  4. Carol

    Listening to my local talk show 1210am Philadelphia and hearing about a man in Reading Pa who got arrested for sitting and reading his bible at a gay parade today.

  5. Carol

    Additional info on man in Reading Pa arrested. The local talk show host said that he was arrested because he was reading the Bible at the volume that they say is disorderly. Newsweek, as far as the talk show host knows is the only news source that has picked up the story.

  6. Carol

    Good news here! Charges dropped for the street preacher in Reading. This is the constitution (a God honoring document) at work this is why the globalist hate America so much and are out to destroy us

    Also in another article I read that the police department was inundated with calls over the wrongful arrest of Damien Atkins. Some of those calls were threatening unfortunately which doesn’t come from Holy Spirit.

    Any news on the chat room Geri, no pressure just asking. I’m not terribly computer savvy but I would try the chat. However I know you already do so much for us here and I really appreciate your desire to protect your readership from the trolls

    1. If I could just get a handful of people to ‘man’ the chatroom – people who are familiar with WordPress chat – I would pay the money and have the chatroom available. People would need to commit to caring for and maintaining the chat room. Also, the members would have to understand that I could not be in the chat room a lot because of my writing. Let’s continue to pray about this. If God wants us to have this – He will make a way.

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