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Man Arrested Outside Calif. DMV for Reading His Bible Out Loud

A now a video that isn’t so fun to watch. When Mark Mackey, a member of the local Calvary Chapel, showed up to the DMV office in Hemet, CA on February 2, he had a goal: read the Bible and introduce those waiting in line to the “gospel of Jesus Christ.” And for about 15 minutes he was successful. That is until a California Highway Patrolman took the Bible from his hands, arrested him, and told him he was guilty of preaching to a “captive audience.”
According to reports, Mackey wasn’t the only one arrested. Pastor Brett Coronado and Edmond Flores, Jr., who were accompanying him, were also taken into custody.
A press release from the group Advocates for Faith and Freedom, which is representing the men in a lawsuit, says the men were arrested for “impeding an open business” under Penal Code Section 602.1(b). But, the group calls the justification under that statue a stretch.
“The charge of ‘impeding an open business’ was enacted in large part to protect businesses against protestors who block the doors of an open business,” the release says. “At the time of the arrest of these men, the DMV was closed, and they were standing at least fifty feet away from the entrance.”
“This is an abuse of power on the part of the CHP,” said Jennifer Monk, associate general counsel for Advocates for Faith and Freedom. “The arresting officer could find no appropriate penal code to use when arresting these men. The purpose of the arrests appears to have been to censor them.”
A closer look at the Penal Code Section 602.1(b) may, at first glance, cause even more outrage for those such as Monk who are upset by the case. According to section c-1 of the law, the “preachers” would seem to have been okay if they were from a union:
(c) This section shall not apply to any of the following persons:
(1) Any person engaged in lawful labor union activities that are
permitted to be carried out on the property by state or federal law.
But according to Lt. Michael Soubirous of the San Gorgonio Pass CHP Station, which oversees the Hemet area, the men were arrested because they didn’t have a permit. “We would have granted them a permit to go out and preach,” Soubirous explained. “There is a mechanism to be allowed to protest…We don‘t inhibit people’s right to free speech–we regulate it.”
Despite the arrests, the district attorney has not pursued criminal charges. Still, Advocates for Faith and Freedom is going through with its lawsuit.
h/t The Blaze
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  1. lowtechgrannie

    Walid Shoebat, the former Palestinian terrorist who left Islam when he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior, attends Calvary Chapel. If he and many of his Ex-Muslim brothers and sisters in Christ did this, I’ll bet the white-bread cops wouldn’t have the guts to pull such a stunt! But, they’d be in danger from the Muslims who are sworn to kill anyone who leaves Islam.
    This is one big mixed up world!

     
  2. Jesus didn’t need no stinking permit.
    Why would a modern-day pastor need one?
    I hope they are successful in their lawsuit and the cop that arrested them should be fired.
    Government tyranny such as this should not be tolerated in America.
    -Dave

     
    • Steve,
      The way things are going in America today, we might very soon be forced to obtain permits from the government just to breathe.
      -Dave

       
  3. Why don’t they arrest Muslims for putting their asses up in the air in the streets of NY?

     
  4. Public-sector unions in action… way to go, Chips!

     
  5. The same CHP office granted a (free – no cost) permit to another Christian church 11 months earlier to “preach, pass out Bibles and church flyers. This was for a three day period, with the restriction to not interfere with the DMV business AND not to harass or intimidate the customers in line, Faith Chapel of San Jacinto went to the VERY SAME DMV office to do this. No complaints by the patrons either! The “church” in question appears to be hooked up with constitutionalists who want to break the laws to prove a point and are using “church” or religion to do this. Open access public property is a different animal than public facilities. You think Glenn Beck was required to obtain a permit to “use” the Lincoln Memorial – you bet he did. You didn’t see him make issue with that. Try to climb the White House gate to “Preach” to the President on the WH lawn, or better yet, insist you be allowed on a military base to preach. Not so “public” public “grounds.” The same rules that apply to the WH, military bases, state capitols, and yes, the lowly DMV properties are different that open commons. Read your Constitution. Some of your rights are conditional based upon time and place – so to speak. Lets ask ourselves why Calvary Chapel Hemet “videotapes” all its activities……..lawsuit? Maybe its more about the man than the message of the Bible? Thank you for reading this.

     

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