I am not a religious man but I am a firm believer in freedom of speech.
I saw this video today which was sent to me by a friend (skip to about the 7 minute mark for the bit with the police)
So whats kind of got me feeling a little "off" about this is that i know that high street quite well
I know that there is always a guy with a guitar hooked up to a amplifier at one end of that street and another at the opposite end.
They are both very loud at times, neither of them play guitar very well and sometimes they even sing (which sounds worse than his preaching).
Yet this man was preaching, he was no louder than they were as is stated in the video he was just standing in the middle of town expressing his right
to freedom of speech by preaching about the love of God (or whatever).
But he got arrested for that!
I do not agree with this kind of street preaching, i find it annoying, but what I really dont agree with is arresting a man for preaching.
Furthermore, and I really do not want this to be taken the wrong way, but I have to wonder, how different would the police have acted if that were a
Iman preaching from the Qur'an with a camera?
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I am not surprised and have a feeling we will be seeing this more and more as time goes on. Christianity is no longer considered PC by those that seem
to get offended every time one draws breath.
As far as your speculation about the IMAM. I think you are right about that as well. He would have been left alone regardless of how loud or
disruptive people considered him to be because they would have been terrified of being labeled "racist" or "intolerant" if they treated him the same
as they treated this man.
Just another step in regulating free speech in those who others disagree with.
I can walk into any store or down any street with my daughter and hear folks using the F-word 5 times in a single sentence and it has never occurred
to me to call the cops on them. I wish they would at least be considerate enough to NOT do it around kids but... Different strokes I
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Well, I tell you what. Anytime you want to try it, you are welcome to come and try to take the microphone out of my hand. It would not end well for
you. I'm not one of those turn the other cheek kinda Christians.
If you go to a shopping mall or a store, what are you most likely to hear? Music playing over the PA. It's a common practice and you can also hear
music at outdoor markets and such.
If that shopping mall or market had religious speech or politics playing through the PA, wouldn't that potentially turn-off some customers and affect
So if this preacher was in an area were people were shopping, etc....couldn't the case be made that music is acceptable, but controversial speech
about religion or politics could be detrimental to the surrounding business'?
Therefore his right to free speech ends when it impedes on the right of the shop owner to conduct business?
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I'm not one of those turn the other cheek kinda Christians.
Isn't this statement somewhat of an oxymoron??
My feeling, as a Christian; Jesus would rather have you follow his teachings. Than to worship him as God.
We are all the Sons and Daughters of God. What good is a teacher if you glorify them and do not follow what they teach?
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I think the real problem here is that someone preaching about God/Jesus interferes with people's mindless shopping..
They get jarred out of their stupor and say, "huh?, someone's actually making me think about something?"
This is not the case with the amplified buskers. People are a lot better at tuning out random noise.. Which is why the cops had no problem with them
even if they were in fact louder..
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