Skip to comments.Man arrested for reading Bible in public! Freedom of speech violation (DMV Hemet, CA)
Posted on 04/28/2011 9:35:21 AM PDT by WalterSkinner
Video of a member of Hemet Calvary Chapel being arrested for reading the Bible to people standing in line at the local DMV office by a CHP officer.
This could never happen in America.
Good!! If I am standing in line and can not just leave then it is not a matter of free speach!If he wants to stand outside on the sidewalk as people are coming and going then let him read from whatever he wants.
The trouble is that if the DMV allows folks to come in and read aloud to the essentially “captive” folks waiting there, it has to take all comers. Sure, this guy may be harmless, but then the local Satanists come, etc.
Frankly, I wouldn’t really want to be proselytized to when I’m in a location that I’m stuck at: a bus or subway, in a queue at the DMV, etc.
That being said, this raises a sore spot because of the double standard we’ve been seeing in such places as Dearborn.
There ought to be a law preventing Congress from making a law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. In fact, that is such a fundamental God-given human right that it should be part of the supreme law of the land. I thought that was so obvious that it didn’t need to be written down in a free country, but I was wrong. If we wrote it down though, would anyone pay attention?
Block the street, don't merely read on the sidewalk!
He should not have been reading inside the building. Arrest? They should have just asked him to go outside.
He was not arrested for reading the bible. He was arrested for harassing people. If he was reading th phonebook it would have been the same result.
I don’t see how there’s a right to inflict any sort of “reading alound” to people who are already having a bad enough day standing in line at the DMV. Exploiting them as a captive audience is unfair and just plain annoying. It wouldn’t matter ~what~ he’s reading. He could be reading the Constitution itself and I’d still hope somebody made him stop.
“This could never happen in America.”
Oh, come on. Freedom of speech doesn’t give one a license to create a public nuisance. The DMV is not the sidewalk or the public square, it’s not a proper forum for this kind of thing.
Getting arrested for preaching on public property isn’t just for China anymore.
He was not in public he was inside the building.
did you watch the video? — he was outside in the parking lot—I’ve been there and know where he was
Who paid for that building?
It is public.
If this had been the Westboros........ Or some islamo nut.....
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