Religious organizations do not pay taxes so they should not be permitted the use of the streets for their 'work.' In addition, as much as there is freedom of speech, there is also the freedom to not hear what one does not choose to hear. If people want to hear religious talk, they can approach churches. That says, freedom of speech does not mean the freedom to force one's opinions on others. Public streets and spaces should be kept free of unwelcome opinions. Jesus said "Render under Ceasar what is Ceasars." The streets are Ceasars, paid for by taxes.
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"religious proselytizing should be made illegal" You have my vote as long as all proselytizing is illegal, even the kind you like.
This only makes sense in communist or dictatorship regimes. for 200+years we have protected speech we do not like. Under this logic for sure democrats and republicans should be locked up for violating my sensibilities.
Tess. thank you for selecting my answer.
Eric Dierker You need to get an education in differences between freedom of speech, freedom to enjoy peace and quiet in public places, and democracy and communism.
One is free to speak in one's home or where it's relevant, not in the street when preaching is causing disruption.
Christians do not cause disruption in the streets. That is in your mind, sort of like how you think "important" people take you seriously. Also, Christians don't use megaphones on the street either. That's something you made up. Get a life.
Why the bitter, ugly comment, savvydating? You don't think extremism exists in the Christian community? Google Christian extremism in America just for a start. Just because YOU haven't seen it, does not mean it doesn't exist.
You said, "But the same should be applied to Muslims, Scientologists or even Atheists." Where do you see Muslims, Scientologist or Atheists preach in the streets? That said, you're right. Nobody should preach in the streets.
I live in Clearwater, Florida, and I tell you that Scientologists do indeed "preach on the streets". I don't like what they have to say, I believe they're lies, but I believe in their right to say it - on the streets.
No, extremist Christians simply bomb businesses, harass funerals, trespass on private property to solicit converts, murder homosexuals, et al. Freedom of speech is one thing, but harassment is quite another. It's all part of the same hypocrisy.
Unfortunately, these FAKE Christians have assumed the banner of Christianity under false pretenses. They are no different than the crowds of well-meaning environmental protesters that drive their SUVs to the daily road block or occupy-whatever.
That they are medieval or reptilian in their own thinking, I'd say there is little doubt in that; however, if you asked any one of them, they'd swear their sincerity. Extremists exist everywhere, true, and again, are part of the same hypocrisy.
The 'free speech' law has nothing to do with being able to say what one likes when one likes where one likes. It meant that that the king/government couldn't imprison or execute someone for speaking against the church or the king.
Tess, 'free speech' absolutely does have to do with being able to say what one likes when one likes and where one likes - at least as far a legality goes. The other side of the coin is that we need to be aware that there may be repercussions.
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Vladimir Karas You have obviously never been to an event where Christians have used mega-phones to disrupt proceedings and ruin the enjoyment of people. I have -- over and over again.
Tessa...No, I have no such experience, and I hope it won't repeat itself for you either.
I think best way to deal with religion extremists group in the US right now, is education, Suppressing, mean, they will become Christian version of Taliban, first chance they got. But do suppress then, when they threaten the state.
Agreed Peter565 but how do you educate people when religious fundamentalists are insisting that creationism be treated as science. Morons.
The reason why Christians have not gone Taliban style is because they don't think like that. They follow the teachings of Jesus and he did not act Taliban,
Actually the bible teaches that if u see a non believer, in ur home town u should stone him to death, there are at least 3 passage teach killing non believer I know of.
And if you don't like someone, you can stand in the street and proclaim them to be a witch, which means that all Christians must come forth and stone that person, so preaching in the streets is like starting a riot, I suppose.
According to the bible, science is also a sin, because it contradict the bible, in fact, there are number of passages in the bible that express an opinion saying "scientist are the anti christ thus scientists are evil" the bible is full of crap
Get real, Lolita. Extremist Christians have gone Taliban on homosexuals & women's clinics or don't those count? Jesus said it was ok to beat your servants, too. Christianity doesn't hold the patent on moral choices and some do choose to go Tali
Peter, I have to doubt that you have actually read the Testamony of Jesus Christ (known as the New Testament). Can you show the 3 places where Jesus or his followers instructed his followers to stone anyone?
I think Peter's referring to the entire book. There are at least 13 citations for stoning in the OT. Jesus prevents one in the NT. By not condemning brutality against servants (Luke 12:47-48), he as much as condoned it.
You are correct Taopi, I am referring to the book in general. I am not too clear about what Jesus said in particular, but whether good or bad, bible is not just Jesus, otherwise it would be call book of Jesus
I only mentioned Christianity because they were the most profuse in western society. All religion applies that preach in the streets. However, you won't find other religions preaching in the streets.
Tessa - not sure if you know this, but Muslims preach in the streets, every single day except they do it with an AK-47 and a nice sharp sword for beheading people just like you. Have you seen what is going on with Muslims in Europe?
John Ceccon, I never saw a Muslim preach in San Diego, Houston, Spain, Scotland or London. In London, I saw Muslims handing out defamatory literature, but that was about it. However, even if they were preaching in the streets, the same applies.
Tess has a right to ask any question she chooses.
Sorry that you fail to see the ironic humor in my statement.
I get it, and it is very good
The church pays no taxes. There is a vast difference between protesters who march/protest (for which they have gained permission from the city authorities) and religious people who force their voice on others.
I suspect I misunderstand your question/objection. You don't like the street preaching if I'm now understanding correctly. Well I don't either.
Rich Kelley, I don't like any preaching on the street, regardless of which religion.
And I do not like tank tops on fat women or baggy pants on young men. I don't like homeless either and I can't stand ads for cellphones. Really?
Eric Dierker;. Big difference between someone wearing something you don't like and being forced to listen to street preaching that prevents one from enjoying one's functions, e..g. San Diego comic com,. etc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjYpXKLoVy
Free speech, yes even in public areas, might mean having to hear something you don't like to hear. I walk by people talking in the streets all the time and hear things I don't want to hear - they're not directed at me, but I hear them. Free speech.
I think there is a difference between free speech and disruption. We do have laws preventing public nuisance. Preach whatever cause in the public arena, but don't block the effort to walk away. There is a line that can be crossed.
Agreed Taopi, restraining people so they have to hear you is being disruptive. But for the government to say that one can't talk about this or that in a public area cuts directly against 1st Amendment rights.
I agree, Hxprof. No interference on 1st amendment rights. The question by Tessa is undoubtedly posed out of sincere frustration of feeling deluged by a rallied pov. To walk, even run, away is the only rational course in situations like those.
You don't have to listen. Just push your earplugs in.
Actually, on the basis that advertising is nothing more than commercial propaganda and indoctrination, I would agree.