Tuesday, November 01, 2005


... at it again - religious free speech curtailed in Bellflower, California. According to Mission News Network ...
... a judge in California [wherelse?]is prohibiting Christians from preaching outside the courts in Bellflower, California.

For the past 2-1/2 years, New Zealand-born evangelist Ray Comfort and his ministry manager have been preaching open-air almost daily outside the local courthouse ...

According to Comfort, that's now changed. "On the 30th of September, I just finished speaking when two deputy officers came up and issued me a court order where a judge had said none of my staff were allowed to come to the courts. And, he had blanketed over 40 court houses throughout Los Angeles County saying it was now illegal to pass out tracts and speak there."
Comfort waited before going public, hoping to work it out with Judge William A. MacLaughlin, who issued the order. But, that wasn't meant to be.
So, the Alliance Defense Fund is helping them, says Comfort. "They said, this is right up our alley. This is a slam dunk. The judge cannot do that. So, they're suing him for $25 and they say we'll be back there with in a month."
What was meant to be was God's plan ... always bigger than some peon judge in the land of fruits, flakes, and nuts.
... the Department of Motor Vehicles is now involved. "We went to the DMV when we weren't allowed to speak at the courts and we noticed there was a line there twice as big as the one at the courts." [...]

Comfort says good, congenial, polite open air preaching is very effective in leading people to Christ. "The average open-air preacher, a good open-air preacher, can reach more people in one half an hour than the average church does in a whole year, because he's going into the whole world to preach the Gospel to every creature."
There's no word yet if Judge MacLaughlin will rescind his order but I assure you he will.

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