Christian prejudice abounds in Modesto, California

Posted: July 28, 2008 in Inside 411, Legal Prejudice, Networking, On Your Wall, Testify
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Very few topics get under my dander more than the accepted and nearly welcomed bigotry of Christians in the U.S.

And for further proof that the U.S. Constitution applies to all races and religions, creeds and cultures in this country except Christians, let’s travel to Modesto, California.

There’s this social night spot called Tenth Street Plaza. You know the type, open shopping, plenty of eating and loads of fun.

Well, as in most of these places that attract many people, there is this preacher that uses a curb as his pulpit. Maybe he longs for the opportunity, cares for the lost or just doesn’t have his own church built yet. Regardless, he is there.

Most walk on by, a few stop and listen and maybe even a couple get their lives straight by applying the encouragement street preachers like this provide.

Here’s the kicker: Dude has been doing this for THREE YEARS, and now this:

After peacefully sharing his faith almost every Saturday night for three years in a public plaza, a Christian man was told by the city of Modesto that he and his friends can no longer enter the plaza on Saturday nights, prompting attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund to file suit against the city yesterday.

Seriously?! This is a FREE SPACE, open to every breathing person in Modesto, and because you may not be a fan of his uh, FREE SPEECH, you ban him from not just talking, but coming to the Plaza?! And this is OK?!

I love this quote in the story:

Christians shouldn’t be discriminated against for expressing their beliefs,” said ADF litigation staff counsel Heather Gebelin Hacker. “Sharing a Christian message is not a valid reason for the city of Modesto to exclude our client from a public area where he clearly should be allowed to exercise his First Amendment rights. In essence, the city is offering religious discrimination for rent. Anyone who cherishes their free speech rights should be concerned when the government seeks to toss those rights aside.”

We “shouldn’t be”, but trust me… we be!

What’s alarming is this story doesn’t get more coverage. Imagine if this was Jewish person, black person or a gay person excommunicated from a public place for exercising free speech?! CNN, FOX, MSNBC and yes, Jesse Jackson would be all over that place like stink on shizzle!

This is unadulterated censorship and no one seems to care.

But no, when it’s Christian’s free speech, it becomes the responsibility of the Church, concerned pastors and Wall Watchers everywhere to get stories like this one in Modesto, this from the U.S. Naval Academy or this from the makers of PBS in the public eye, or at the very least, streaming globally in the blogosphere.

Where are the legal factions to stand up on our behalf? I don’t see any flags waving in the wind right now, maybe later?

Now, full disclosure, some street preachers are very offensive and have the tact of Rosie O’Donnell when she was on “The View”. You know the types? Calling women “whores” for what they are wearing, yelling about abortion by posting horrific pictures for the world to see or even those who purposely eye gay couples and go to town about Sodom and Gomorrah.

Ecclesiastes 3 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

That includes your free speech. MEMO to annoying street preacher: While your right to speak about anything, anywhere is a guaranteed right galvanized by the U.S. Constitution, you have a greater responsibility to be an incredible witness of the love of Jesus Christ. And uh, calling women and gay dudes those colorful names just don’t cut it.

So, regardless what kind of street preacher this guy was in Modesto, there is no excuse for banishing him from a public place and metaphorically cutting out his tongue. Good thing this isn’t the Middle East or that metaphor would be a reality. Now how scary is that? Won’t the Church do something?!

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  2. makarios says:

    I get your point, and technically you’re correct. But I wonder if this guy isn’t just a tych provocative himself. I mean, couldn’t his sign read “Christ died for you!” And I wonder, Are there Jews, blacks or gays doing the same thing in that same area regarding their special interest? Probably not. I don’t know anything about the American Constitution but I think we need to be really careful about pushing pearls on those who have no interest or inclination to listen to such a message.

    Don’t get me wrong. I hear you. Christians are being pushed. However is it initiated by the other side or is it push-back in response to what we’re doing? Anyhow, God bless, stay strong, and may you enjoy God forever and ever.

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