Saturday, July 05, 2008

NY: City Agrees to Drop Ban on Jesus' Name

"The government has no right to harass and threaten citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights in public."

-- From "City drops ban on speaking about Jesus" © 2008 WorldNetDaily 7/3/08

Members of "Jews for Jesus" who were ordered not to hand out literature or even speak about Jesus on public property in Oyster Bay, N.Y., have reached a settlement with the city that will provide for them to exercise their First Amendment rights if they choose, according to [the Alliance Defense Fund].

The crackdown happened on July 25, 2006, when group members tried to enter John J. Burns Park to hand out literature and speak to people about their faith.

"Upon arrival, they were met by the commissioner of public safety for the town of Oyster Bay, who stated that the town supervisor had given him orders to call the police to issue an arrest summons if group members handed out even one piece of literature," the law firm [ADF] reported.

"When one member noted that she was only interested in speaking about her faith, she was escorted from the park," the report said. "The officer stated, 'It's not even about the ordinance at this point; they just want you to leave.'"

Now, however, the settlement will provide for the free speech rights for Jews for Jesus.

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