First Amendment Still Alive

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Remember the Christians that were arrested in Michigan in 2010 at the Arab-American Festival for peacefully distributing copies of the Gospel of John. Not only were they not violating any law, their activities were fully within our Constitution rights as U.S. citizens.
In lightning speed, within a matter of three minutes, eight Dearborn police officers surrounded the Christians, ordered them to cease and desist, and then arrested the missionaries.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Police in Dearborn violated the evangelists’ rights.  Amen! USA Today reports that the Court stated that the arrest violated the free-speech rights of a Christian evangelist (George Saieg) by barring him from handing out leaflets at an Arab-American street festival last year.
The Court of Appeals said the restriction was unreasonable, especially when vendors and pedestrians were allowed on sidewalks during the festival. Dearborn and its police department “violated Saieg’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech,” judges Karen Nelson Moore and Eric Clay said. “Absent an injunction, Saieg will continue to suffer irreparable injury for which there is no adequate remedy at law.”
Score one for the U.S. Constitution today!  Oh, and the evangelists plan to make an appearance at the next festival coming up on June 17-19. Let’s hope the cops leave them alone this time.

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0 responses to “First Amendment Still Alive

  1. I’m sure it is within my constitutional rights to serve ham sandwhiches and pulled pork samples outside a Jewish festival, but it also would be in poor taste. I understand prostletizing in Israel is an offense that can get one deported. Sometimes one must use a bit of sense. Would you hand out free passes for a tanning salon in a black neighborhood just to be cute?
    Some folks like to be rude and obnoxious for the point of being rude and obnoxious, then claim they were just exercising their rights.
    This seems like a big waste of time and energy, and more than a bit silly. it appears the people handing out the leaflets were trying to stir up trouble, and in their minds were doing God’s work.
    We never hear anything bad about Dearborne, unless one would consider Dearborne “bad” for having a large Muslim population. Don’t forget, many Muslims have been admitted to America because they were helpful to our military and intelligence services.
    It seems to me that the Christian thing to do would be more friendly than hostile in nature; I defer to the Sermon on the Mount.

    • “I understand prostletizing [sic] in Israel is an offense that can get one deported.”
      Do be so good as to give us your source.

    • Their motivation isn’t the question. Why do people burn the American flag? Talk about poor taste…
      This is about protecting our Constitutional rights, no matter how rude and obnoxious one might be.

  2. The Dearborn city government is owned by the Muslim community, the mayor and police chief are corrupt and who knows how many others in the little muslim controlled city hall. Did you see all the hype from the police chief when the guy threatened to blow up that big concrete mosque with a box of firecrackers, you do the math

  3. My bad, the punishment is up to a year in the slammer, but I’ll bet they’d rather kick a Gringo outta the promised, it’s far cheaper, and could be very bad press.

  4. Google

    • Not only are you rude, you just demolished whatever little credibility you have.

      • I tried to find info on this matter, and this is the best I was able to find:
        “The Penal Law Amendment (Enticement to Change Religion Law, 5738-1977) was passed by Knesset during Christmas week (Dec. 27, 1977) and went into effect Easter week (April 1, 1978). Violation is punishable by 5 years in prison or a fine of 50,000 Israeli pounds (or the equivalent in shekels). It is enforced against those attempting to convert someone to their faith if a material benefit is offered. The state of Israel also metes out 3 years in prison, or a 30,000 Israeli pound fine, against a Jew who receives such materials and converts. The Law says: 1. Whoever gives or promises to a person money, money’s worth or some other material benefit in order to induce him to change his religion or in order that he may induce another person to change his religion is liable to imprisonment for 5 years or a fine of 50,000 pounds. 2. Whosoever receives or agrees to receive money, money’s worth or some other material benefit in return for a promise to change his religion or to cause another person to change his religion is liable for imprisonment for a term of 3 years or a fine of 30,000 pounds.”
        In other words, day tripper‘s claim that religious proselytizing is illegal in Israel is exaggerated. The law is more nuanced than day tripper presented it to be. But I must admit I am startled by the law, given US Christian, especially Evangelicals’, support for Israel.

  5. “but I must admit I am startled by the law, given US Christian, especially evangelical support.”
    Perhaps the law is more “nuanced” than I stated, but I contend that support for Israel is DEMANDED by Israel, and the US TAXPAYERS get stuck.
    Kinda like a petulant teen demanding Dad’s BMW for the night, then wrecking it and blaming Dad for being stupid enough to allow it.
    At any rate, Israel under the Likud and Bibi are not our friends, unless one defines friendship as letting one borrow a credit card with no strings and praising their every breath.
    Thanks, Eowyn for stating that my comment was “nuanced”.
    I’m not being snarky, but most things are at least a bit nuanced.
    I’m glad to have shown you something new to think about.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Ah, a wee bit o’ nuance!
    It seems My credibility is restored, thanks to the beautiful purple rose!
    I try to be entertaining and funny, not rude.
    Sorry if I come off as rude.
    My response to sage brush is, while I can’t (and don’t take pride in) quoting the Bible, I do live by the teachings of Jesus.
    As a child we used to sing “what so ever you do to the least of my brothers, that you also do unto me”
    I REALLY like that.
    I also really like that we all learned something new today.
    Have a nice weekend!


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