The Archbishop's spokesman is correct to say that it does not matter that the 1860 Act is old (letters, 3 December). By modern standards it is positively draconian; those found guilty of assault and injury sometimes only receive community service orders.
The Rev John Williams is confused if he thinks prison awaits those simply interrupting a stage performance or denouncing the local pub landlord. The only interruptions that could result in prison are those in or around a place of worship, under the Ecclesiastical Courts Jurisdiction Act 1860. This harsh and privileged statute must be repealed as soon as possible.Reuse content