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11 January 2005 @ 04:48 pm
Civil Liberties...  
Christians may go to jail for decades for reading the Bible in public.

I may not agree with all of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Current Mood: grumpypeeved
The Voice Of Reason: Bunnies can be cynical tooellonwye on January 12th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
The world gone mad.

Since when did America become a Nazi camp?

I find it ironic that in Britain, a convicted murderer can get 5 years in prison. But in America you can be jailed for 47 years for exercising your RIGHT. I'm not saying I support what they were doing, but they had every right to do it.

Sometimes, I despair.
Fritters: Cat Goes Pbtht by iconfetishfritters on January 12th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
I despair as well, especially being Christian (albeit not the type to loudly proclaim others are going to hell...) Like the article says, odds are they won't get 47 years, but the fact that they were doing something allowed by the constitution and will still probably have this listed as a crime on thier records turns my stomach.
TheCheshireCatcatharsiskoala on January 12th, 2005 01:33 am (UTC)
Our pastor was at his old church sunday for like a homecoming and our music minister's dad preached. He mentioned the whole Philidelphia thing. i dont have time to read thw whole article now but i will.
Fritters: Ed Confusedfritters on January 12th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
I wonder....if there was a Christian get together and a bunch of Pink Angels showed up but stood in one place using a loudspeaker, what would the police have done?
Egregiously Mislabeled Taxidriver: Bush nuff said (from_creation)brendo on January 12th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
Cripes. And here I thought California would be the first state to pull something as shady as this.

Fritters: Gir Beatin' His Head by inanefritters on January 12th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
It certainly sounds more San Francisco or Seattle than Philadelphia, doesn't it? Whatever happened to "City of Brotherly Love"? Or is that EXACTLY what it is now ~_^
Garykingu on January 12th, 2005 06:34 am (UTC)
People gathering to condemn others based upon their lifestyle is pretty much a long time tradition in the United States. It annoys me, but I'll never put aside their right to do it.

The security at the event was overactive and responded in a way that under any other circumstance would be described as disturbing the peace. The police were spurred on by Justice Department lawyers who were participating in the event. Phily best hope that they get a good draw for the judge, because every other judge who has touched the case has dismissed it and spoke rather dispairingly about the prosecution.

This is not a nation of free speech for me, none for thee.
Frittersfritters on January 12th, 2005 06:39 am (UTC)
That's good to know. And well put, BTW.
postrophe on January 12th, 2005 08:14 am (UTC)
I reserve the right to yell "opera" in a crowded firehouse.


theresesupertigerbabe on January 12th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
Wow.... I'm speechless...
Ætolus Endymionsonaetolus on January 14th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
I think that both sides have the right to their own opinion, and that if the snopes page has it right the only real problem is that the police asked then to clear the road (blocking traffic) and their methods.

Freedom of speach gives one the right to speak, not to force thoughts upon others am I right?

Over here I have seen Christian groups sitting outside temples in little booths with banners and flags that say "ALL BUDHISTS WILL GO TO HELL" Will I do think they have the right to express this it is just very confrontational (Glad budhists are generally pacifists or there might have been some problems, but they just ignore the christians...)

Also (I am christian by the way it may not sound like it, but...) I do get frustrated with the daily event I see of people marching up and down the subway trians preaching at the top of their lungs here...

Anyways I hope you can see my frustration. it's not a religious thing anymore than a methods thing.

Going nose to nose with someone and demanding that their doing things wrong will most of the time not convince them to ask you for advice on how it's done.
Fritters: A Way With Words by iammaggiedianefritters on January 16th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC)
Preaching to choir, babe, preaching to the choir. The people who are bombastic and try to shove religion down the throats of others do nothing but scare people out of religion and into hating Christians forever as far as I can tell. I can't possibly see God being proud of them. Yes, it says you should preach to people, but it also says love thy neighbor and if you come across really hateful, who will listen??