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That’s what happened to California resident Matthew Snatchko in 2006 when the youth pastor initiated a conversation about God with three shoppers at the Roseville Galleria mall.
The women gave Snatchko permission to broach the subject, but a nearby store employee said they "looked nervous," so he ordered the evangelist to leave. After Snatchko refused, mall security arrested him.
"He was put in handcuffs and hauled down to the mall’s security station and later booked at the local jail," said Snatchko’s attorney Matthew McReynolds of the Pacific Justice Institute, a legal defens
In 2008, a California superior court ruled that the mall's ban on controversial conversations with strangers didn’t violate freedom of speech.
Court documents claim that Westfield’s policy simply limits activities that have a "political, religious or other noncommercial purpose" to designated areas within the mall, in order to "minimize congestion." Speakers must submit a written application at least four days in advance. Access to the designated areas is then awarded on a "first come, first selected" basis.
Westfield argues in the court documents that mall security guards warned Snatchko on a number of occasions that he was violating the mall's Courtesy Guidelines by discussing religion with strangers. During one of his visits, guards even gave him a copy of the guidelines, but Snatchko continued striking up the same conversations without applying for a permit or sticking to the designated areas.
security arrested him.
"He was put in handcuffs and hauled down to the mall’s security station and later booked at the local jail,"
he ordered the evangelist to leave. After Snatchko refused, mall security arrested him.
Originally posted by Berserker01
I wonder how well your reasoning would work if he was asked to leave only because he was black.
I'm sure you would sing a differant tune then.