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Street Preacherís Arrest in Lincolnton [GA) Causes Concerns about Free Speech Rights
Christian Action League ^ | 7/27/18 | L.A. Williams

Posted on 08/05/2018 6:53:12 PM PDT by marshmallow

LINCOLNTON – The First Amendment right of a person to express his beliefs in public could be put to the test next month when a case involving a street preacher in Lincolnton goes to court.

Preachers who frequently take to the streets of the Lincoln County seat have come under increasing pressure since the city of roughly 11,000 approved changes to its ordinances late last year. Now, its noise ordinance prohibits “any person or group of persons willfully making any loud, raucous, or disturbing sound that – because of its volume, duration, and character – annoy, disturb, frighten, injure, or endanger the comfort, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities in the neighborhood or Central Business District.”

Jeffrey Dean Shook, a street preacher, was the first person arrested under the city’s new ordinance. Shook is to appear in Lincoln County District Court, Monday, August 20th.

According to the Lincoln Herald, street preachers have shown up at multiple public events in the town over the past few years, including the Apple Festival in 2016 and several Alive After Five concerts.

Some attending the events complained and, after consulting the North Carolina School of Government, the Lincolnton City Council decided to tweak its ordinance to make creating a disturbance at events a misdemeanor. They held a public hearing and received input from speakers for and against the proposal before passing it unanimously in December.

Throughout the process, members of the council insisted that they were not targeting the street preachers or trying to curtail the sharing of the Gospel, but wanted to give police clarity on how to enforce the noise ordinance, which had initially been passed in 1997.

Return America President Ron Baity doubts that is so.

“The bottom line is the city simply does not......

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TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: 1stamendent; 1stamendment; freedomofspeech; streetpreachers
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1 posted on 08/05/2018 6:53:12 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Bet there are plenty of skeletons in the city council closets.


2 posted on 08/05/2018 7:18:51 PM PDT by ptsal ( Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - M. Twain)
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To: marshmallow

Grotesque violation of his right to free speech. I hope he ends up owning the town.


3 posted on 08/05/2018 7:28:24 PM PDT by bramps (It's the Islam, stupid!)
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To: marshmallow

Street Preachers...
A Breed Apart!

Don’t see many in SoCal.


4 posted on 08/05/2018 7:28:40 PM PDT by Big Red Badger (UNSCANABLE in an IDIOCRACY)
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To: marshmallow
Shook is to appear in Lincoln County District Court, Monday, August 20th.

This story lacks any credibility. Or else the posted headline is wrong.

Georgia doesn't have District Courts. They have Superior Courts, State Courts (although Lincoln County may not have one of those), Juvenile Courts, Probate Courts (formerly known as Courts of the Ordinary), Magistrate Courts (a few counties have what are called Civil Courts but they use the Magistrate Judges and Clerks), Municipal Courts, and Recorders Courts. But no District Courts.

5 posted on 08/05/2018 7:33:48 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: bramps
or endanger the comfort, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities in the neighborhood or Central Business District.”

At the least it is overly broad, and subjective. "endanger," "reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities," Are snowflakes reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities who do not feel endangered by ideas that are contrary to PC?

6 posted on 08/05/2018 7:44:41 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Trust the risen Lord Jesus to save you as a damned and destitute sinner + be baptized + follow Him)
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To: PAR35
There is also a Lincolnton, North Carolina, a state that does have district courts. The story seems to involve only North Carolina,
7 posted on 08/05/2018 7:54:48 PM PDT by untenured
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To: untenured; PAR35
Thanks, guys. I may have goofed here.

I'm just down the road from Lincolnton, GA so I assumed the story was about GA but it could well be NC.

My apologies.

8 posted on 08/05/2018 7:58:35 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

This is not in Georhia. It is in North Carolina

Just because someone carries a Bible doesn’t mean much All sorts of blowhards claim all sorts of nonsense.

Disturbing a public event is always bad behavior


9 posted on 08/05/2018 8:00:55 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: PAR35

It’s in NC

Don’t know what yob thought it was in Georgia


10 posted on 08/05/2018 8:01:53 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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I have no problem with Bible carriers, thumpers, or whatever- But the snake handlers, they sort of disturb me depending on their distance...


11 posted on 08/05/2018 8:19:20 PM PDT by matthew fuller (How many of today's voters have ever seen a half-dollar coin (or silver dollar)?)
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I don’t want them interrupting a small town’s movie night or the local farmers market or the fair or festival.

The problem I have with most of these so called preachers is that I am better trained and versed in the Bible than they are. They all too often know nothing of original languages, they disdain commentaries by the greats (eg Spurgeon), they do not understand context and they know little of history


12 posted on 08/05/2018 8:24:11 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: marshmallow

We use to spend summers in Linconton, GA. It’s WAY to small to have this issue.

If it doesn’t have to do with Highschool football, the Lincolnton folk just won’t care.


13 posted on 08/05/2018 8:27:36 PM 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: marshmallow

Street preaching offending the noise ordinance? Loud vehicles create more offensive noise. The nanny state has turned into a freedom denying bully. They will destroy our lives bit by bit.


14 posted on 08/06/2018 4:07:12 AM PDT by jonrick46 (Cultural Marxism is the cult of the Left waiting for the Mothership.)
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Lincolnton is in NORTH CAROLINA — not Georgia. This is Go’d country where Christianity is alive and strong.


15 posted on 08/06/2018 4:13:29 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: marshmallow

Brings back childhood memories in Brooklyn. They came in the summer & the kids on the block would sit on the curb watching them set up.


16 posted on 08/06/2018 4:25:13 AM PDT by FES0844 (SGould the allow it. Hi call the shots. I’m sure Laura would have stayed Oman wn of America has bee)
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To: Nifster

The Prince of Pulpiteers!


17 posted on 08/06/2018 4:31:15 AM PDT by Big Red Badger (UNSCANABLE in an IDIOCRACY)
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To: bramps

I assume, even if this is NC and not GA, that these street preachers are like the street preacher who used to hang out at the Downtown Atlanta MARTA subway station. I don’t know his name, but a lot of us referred to him as Screaming Willie. He screamed so loud and violently, it could sometimes shock even folks who saw him only a daily basis. The tourists were certainly disturbed by him, and I doubt if any of them got a religious message, or even understood much of what he was saying.

I respect his right to do that. But I also see how someone would want to regulate this behavior in some way. Like, for example, limiting the decibels of sound allowed.

I would suggest that anyone who hasn’t experienced such behavior might want to be slow to judge. It may not be what you think.


18 posted on 08/06/2018 5:06:50 AM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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I appreciate what you are saying but this is the ordinance as stated in the article,

“any person or group of persons willfully making any loud, raucous, or disturbing sound that – because of its volume, duration, and character – annoy, disturb, frighten, injure, or endanger the comfort, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities in the neighborhood or Central Business District.”

Who is to judge the ‘character’ of one’s speech? Or exactly what ‘annoys’ someone? Or what is a ‘disturbing sound’? The ordinance is ridiculously vague. If this could stand you might as well abolish the first amendment.


19 posted on 08/06/2018 5:51:24 AM PDT by bramps (It's the Islam, stupid!)
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To: marshmallow

In my city they amended the noise ordinance to include ice cream truck music from the Mexican owned ice cream vendors. Theres only so much accordion music a person can tolerate I guess.


20 posted on 08/06/2018 5:59:46 AM PDT by shotgun ( .)
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