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Georgia library bans teen for evangelizing
Star Telegram ^ | September 24, 2010

Posted on 10/02/2010 10:03:04 AM PDT by Immerito

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A 16-year-old who officials said continued to evangelize outside a library after officials warned him to stop has been banned from the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System for six months.

Kirsten Edwards, acting manager of the North Columbus Public Library, said in a letter that Caleb Hanson repeatedly asked patrons about their religious faith and offered biblical advice.

The teen said library employees had warned him to stop. "Then they took me into an office and told me not to do it," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Religion
KEYWORDS: evangelism; georgia; library

1 posted on 10/02/2010 10:03:09 AM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito

I think libraries should be self-funding, let the users pay a monthly fee to use it.


2 posted on 10/02/2010 10:04:25 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Immerito

Try it in Spanish. They wouldn’t dare give you the boot.


3 posted on 10/02/2010 10:05:23 AM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: Immerito
Claudya Muller, director of the library system, said the ban had nothing to do with what the teen was saying.

I call BS.

"As people came in, he would approach them," Muller said. "He prevented people from simply using the library."

How could he prevent people who had gone inside the library from using the library as he remained outside the library? Again, I call BS.

4 posted on 10/02/2010 10:08:08 AM PDT by Hoodat ( .For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Immerito

If he’s outside a library there shouldn’t be any reason to stop him — unless he’s blocking the door.


5 posted on 10/02/2010 10:08:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: Immerito

The kid needs an airport and a funny haircut.


6 posted on 10/02/2010 10:10:50 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Immerito

We have very strict policies about customers that harass other customers. We would have done the same. This activity is not appropriate for a Library setting.

Now OUTSIDE the building, I have no problem with this young man’s efforts. But, he should also remember that folks have the right to NOT listen to him if they want. Free Will is a very important part of Judeo–Christianity.

If it wasn’t, then, we would be unwilling slaves, and, Jesus would have been crucified for nothing.


7 posted on 10/02/2010 10:11:49 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: gundog
Try it in Spanish. They wouldn’t dare give you the boot.

Or scream, "Allah Akbar!" & "Death to America!!" The Library Staff will probably serve you milk & cookies.

8 posted on 10/02/2010 10:14:22 AM PDT by kromike
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To: Immerito

There’s a lot of people who get very upset being approached in public by any stranger. The purpose of that approach is less important, be it panhandling, religion, a crazy person, solicitor, or even passing out leaflets.

Typically, all someone can do is express body language that they do not wish to be approached, but if the person continues to approach, their resentment level can jump. It is seen as an assault.


9 posted on 10/02/2010 10:16:43 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Conan the Librarian

The article says the teens were outside.


10 posted on 10/02/2010 10:24:18 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Conan the Librarian
The very first sentence says “outside a library.”
11 posted on 10/02/2010 10:34:40 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: PastorBooks

He moved his evangelism attempts outside the library after the initial complaints. He would have been wiser to begin outside and remain outside, in my opinion.


12 posted on 10/02/2010 10:35:08 AM PDT by Immerito
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To: iowamark

“He said he then began talking to people outside the library, and patrons continued to complain.”


13 posted on 10/02/2010 10:35:46 AM PDT by Immerito
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To: GeronL

What relevance does library funding have with evangelism inside or outside a library?


14 posted on 10/02/2010 10:36:55 AM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito

Then they need to also ban the people who stand at the walmart doors asking for money every time I go! Very annoying!


15 posted on 10/02/2010 10:37:13 AM PDT by Howudoing
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To: BenLurkin
If he’s outside a library there shouldn’t be any reason to stop him

Being annoying sounds like a good reason.

16 posted on 10/02/2010 10:50:53 AM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: Hoodat
Why "call BS"? He was annoying library patrons, who were complaining. The story doesn't exactly explain, but I assume that "outside" the library means on library property.

I too would be annoyed by being forced to engage in a conversation where the young Mr. Hanson asked about my religion and offered biblical advice; just as I would be annoyed by young green believers asking about my carbon footprint and offering advice about serving Gaia.

And the hassle of dealing with Hanson's evangelizing could certainly put-off people from using the library.

The library gave Hanson fair notice, it is perfectly appropriate to give a trespass notice to him, so the people who want to use the library can do so without be hassled.

17 posted on 10/02/2010 11:08:16 AM PDT by Inappropriate Laughter (Obama: Another illegal alien living in public housing)
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To: Immerito

I seem to recall the ACLU suing public libraries for trying to bar vagrants that haven’t bathed in weeks from using the libraries to sleep in.


18 posted on 10/02/2010 11:21:18 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Immerito

Nothing really, except if it were privatized they could pretty do what they like. As it is, I don’t see how they can ban someone from public property outside the library.


19 posted on 10/02/2010 11:46:54 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Poison Pill

Nobody is annoyed by the Gospel. Except for those who have hardened evil into their hearts.


20 posted on 10/02/2010 11:58:36 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

People are annoyed by other people who continue to impose themselves even after being repeatedly asked to desist.


21 posted on 10/02/2010 12:48:18 PM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: Poison Pill

It would be OK if he were looking at porn. That’s free speech.


22 posted on 10/02/2010 12:51:41 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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It would be OK if he were looking at porn.

That's ridiculous. Sixteen year old boys don't look at porn.

23 posted on 10/02/2010 12:59:19 PM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: Poison Pill

I wonder if this happened during Banned Book Week?


24 posted on 10/02/2010 1:14:51 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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