Friday, January 20, 2006

Freedom of Speech, Restricted...

You would think that spreading the Gospel in a nation that has freedom of religion would be fairly easy, right? Unfortunately, it's not.

Fort Worth, Texas:

Lawyers for a woman who was told she couldn't distribute religious materials on a sidewalk in front of a high school said Monday that her free speech rights were violated and demanded that the school change its policies.

Janice Colston, 65, of Fort Worth, Texas said she was outside Crowley High School when the assistant principal ordered her to dispense Christian pamphlets at the end of the block, not in front of the school.

School officials said it is a safety concern because students board buses in that location. "The safety of our students is always going to be foremost in our minds," said Janet Wynne, Crowley ISD assistant superintendent.

But Colston's lawyers say the sidewalk is a public forum, and that any infringement upon that right of free speech warrants legal action.

"If there's one piece of law that's undisputable, it's that every citizen has a right to speak and share the gospel on a public sidewalk," said Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel for Liberty Legal Institute, which is representing Colston.

Colston said she was directed to a spot that offered no access to students as they left the building.

Not only does the government want to keep religion away from schools, but to keep religion totally away from students!

6 Comments:

  • *sigh* *sobs*

    By Blogger Matt A., at 7:37 PM  

  • Exactly!

    By Blogger Polka Dotted Pickles, at 10:08 PM  

  • MmHm. its sad it really is! *cries*
    *rants* PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE up to the fact that their freedoms ARE BEING USURPED RIGHT UNDER THEIR NOSES! COME ON AMERICA! WAKE UP AND DO SOMETHING!!!!! this is just ONE of MANY evidences of it!!!!!!!
    *breathes /rant*
    yes I am going to post a wake-up call soon!

    By Blogger Kierstyn Paulino, at 12:28 AM  

  • At the same time though the lady, while I'm sure she means well, is making Christians look petty.

    Having to stand a half block from the school isn't a battle worth fighting.

    I'm not saying that they were right to ban her from passing things out. They're clearly in the wrong. It's just that we need to pick our fights carefully and this one probably isn't worth it.

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