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Attacks on First Amendment Protection of Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, and Association

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Links to articles below the initial links.
See also, 
Articles, Law, Etc., on Street Preaching and Some Related Issues

Tract: Street Preaching in America – Is It Legal?

Online example of police violating the rights (either ignorant of the law or intentionally) of a street preacher with my comments giving legal resources, etc.

Sample United States Supreme Court quote from a case cited in the above tract: “Accordingly a function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger. Speech is often provocative and challenging. It may strike at prejudices and preconceptions and have profound unsettling effects as it presses for acceptance of an idea. That is why freedom of speech, though not absolute, Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire is nevertheless protected against censorship or punishment, unless shown likely to produce a clear and present danger of a serious substantive evil that rises far above public inconvenience, annoyance, or unrest. See Bridges v. California, 314 U.S 252, 262; Craig v. Harney, 331 U.S. 367, 373. There is no room under our Constitution for a more restrictive view. For the alternative would lead to standardization of ideas by legislatures, courts, or dominant political or community groups. …”


Liberal writers and “scholars” who promote sodomy, same-sex marriage, pedophelia, etc. are hard at work laying the groundwork for the legal overturning of our basic First Amendment freedoms. A series of essays by Adam Macleod address some of these postmodern attacks which rely on lies, omissions, illogical, and misleading arguments.

Debating Liberty: Why You Should Read the New Book by John Corvino, Ryan T. Anderson, and Sherif Girgis (110517)(Introductory paragraph to essay: “A recent addition to Oxford University Press’s Debating Ethics series ought to interest everyone. Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, by John Corvino, Ryan T. Anderson, and Sherif Girgis, primarily addresses the subjects of its title. But in the course of the argument, the authors expose most of the moral, political, and jurisprudential rifts that divide Americans today. The implications of this well-argued debate reach far beyond the latest round in the culture wars. They go to the foundations of the American experiment in ordered liberty. The title could have been shortened to Debating Liberty without misleading.”)
The Impoverishment of Law and the Loss of Ordered Liberty
(110617)
 (Quotes from article: “In their new book, Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis make a strong case for pluralism and ordered liberty, while John Corvino drafts a blueprint for a comprehensive despotism that would consume the preconditions and legal safeguards for ordered liberty. Part two of a two-part review essay…. Corvino’s argument for reversing the presumption of religious liberty is really an argument for reversing the presumption of liberty, full stop. In sum, Anderson and Girgis make a strong case for pluralism and ordered liberty, while Corvino drafts a blueprint for a comprehensive despotism that would consume the preconditions and legal safeguards for ordered liberty.”)


Click here to go to “Court Cases of Interest” which has links to cases – including recent Supreme Court cases which came after the above linked tract, “Street Preaching in America – Is It Legal?” was written – which continue to strongly uphold freedom of speech and, for example, show that the job of law enforcement is to protect those exercising their First Amendment freedoms in the public forum, not those who would deny speech which is offensive or hurts their feelings.

Article: The Legality of Door-to-Door Evangelism

OffensiveSpeechClick here to go to the history of how America got its First Amendment. Every American should know this. Both Christian and Secular mainline sources have lied to us about this matter, but the record is clear, which honest research proves.

This page is being initiated on June 27, 2017. These attacks against the First Amendment have been going on for years. I just thought of adding this page. Please send links to any articles on this subject to jerald.finney@sbcglobal.net and I will add them to this page.

Articles:

The above is a left-wing lie instituted by the devil and his followers. No free speech means tyranny prevails.


Georgetown University Threatens Student Group For Upholding Catholic Teachings (October 27, 2017)(A Catholic organization at the oldest Catholic and Jesuit University in the U.S. is small getting a dose of the hatred and intolerance that Catholicism dosed out (killed millions of those they labeled “heretics” when they had the power that comes with establishment. Now they complain?) 
Why the Government Shouldn’t Force Bakers—Or Anyone—to Express Support for Same-Sex Marriage by Steven Smith, Professor of Law at the University of San Diego (October 25, 2017)
What Masterpiece Cakeshop Is Really About by Steven Smith, Professor of law at University of San Diego (October 24, 2017)(Good article, with some minor mistakes; e.g., he says, “Under Christendom, Jews, Muslims, and unorthodox Christians were sometimes pressured or compelled to profess approved Christian doctrines: the Spanish Inquisition was sponsored not by the Church but by the monarchy.” Rule by Catholicism was not “Christendom.” Catholicism is not “Christian.” However, he makes some good points. It is not about the cake. Another quote from the article: “In this respect, the vendor-marriage cases are another instance in the centuries-old pattern in which governments have attempted to compel dissenters or outliers to publicly affirm and acquiesce to the dominant orthodoxy. That is precisely what the cases are all about.” He is right. Some of those governments were “ecclesiocracies” controlled by Catholicism, Calvinism, Lutheranism, or some other form of Protestantism.) 

Social Media Censoring Those Who Counter Jihad (October 27, 2017)
Cakes and the commercial marketplace (October 17, 2017)(The government is beginning to tell individuals what they must do: buy insurance or pay a fine, for example. Now, fornicators are beginning to asking the government to force people to violate their consciences and the Word of God in service to sinful lifestyles.)
Germany: Full Censorship Now Official (October 25, 2017)(Not in America yet, but America is targeted)
Seattle Coffee Shop Illustrates Bedlam Surrounding First Amendment (October 12, 2017)(A Study in Contrasts and Nondiscrimination Laws and the First Amendment)
Millennials Seem To Have A Problem With Free Speech (October 17, 2017)
Seattle Coffee Shop Illustrates Bedlam Surrounding First Amendment (October 12, 2017)(Will this case be treated like those in which Christian businesses declined to serve sodomites based upon their religious beliefs? Excerpt from this article: “On Sunday, October 1, the owner of a coffee shop in Seattle confronted a group of customers, cursed at them, and forced them to leave the premises. That’s the PG version; the specific details are decidedly less pleasant. If you have the stomach for it, you can view the entire exchange here. Please be warned that the summary I give below will reference sexual profanities.”)
Woman Fired From SouthWest Airlines For Opposing Union Support of Abortion (October 4, 2017)(The fired employee is filing suit based upon religious discrimination and freedom of speech.)
AG Jeff Sessions Tells College Students to Grow Up (October 2, 2017)(AG Sessions gives College students a much needed lesson in 1st Amendment law. He explained freedom of speech and addressed the “heckler’s veto,” free speech zones on college campuses, and steps the justice department will take to protect speech on college campuses.
Sessions says DOJ will enter legal ‘struggle’ over free speech on campus (September 26, 2017)
College Bias Response Teams Prepare For New Year Of Enforcement (September 19, 2017)(The attack on freedom of speech continues, deeming offensive speech to be unprotected. Only minds full of mush would promote such a concept; minds swayed by the God of this world; some call them “snowflakes.” As my pastor, with arms raised, shouted to a group of them, causing them to instantly shut up in their attempts to disrupt protected speech, “Melt snowflakes, melt snowflakes.” They shut up and listened – it was an amazing thing to see. We then continued to tell them and others who liked what we were saying the truth about the Lord Jesus.)
Berkeley Mayor Urges UC Berkeley To Cancel Free Speech Week (August 28, 2017)
MEDIA CRITICISM: WaPo Gives Stunningly Accurate Account Of Antifa Attacks On ‘Peaceful Protestors’ by WILL RICCIARDE (August 28, 2017)
Scarborough Rips Berkeley College For Failing To Defend Free Speech (August 28, 2017)
Anarchy in Berkeley: A hundred black-clad antifascists with ‘no hate’ signs storm rally, pepper spray leader of conservative Patriot Prayer group and clash with cops (August 27. 2017)
Yikes: Most Americans Favor Banning Speeches and Books From Extreme Elements (August 25, 2017)
St. Louis’s Unholy War on Religious Liberty (August 21, 2017)(“…Can Christian churches and organizations require employees, from teachers to ministers, to uphold Christian teaching in word and deed? Not in St. Louis, Missouri, where earlier this year the abortion lobby muscled through a city ordinance that directly attacks the freedoms of religion, speech, and association. Although it was promoted as an anti-discrimination measure, the actual purpose of the law is to destroy the self-government of religious and pro-life organizations….)
Minneapolis installs Shariah hotline for ‘hate speech’ snitches (June 21, 2107)(In the article, Michelle Bachman accurately states “Hate speech hotlines operate as government enforcement of fascism,” she said in an email to WND. “They are a denial of free speech and the very definition of government censorship.” Read more in the article. Muslims and others need to learn and accept American law, not try to impose their law on us with the help of ignorant dupes like Minneapolis liberals. they need to know the history of the First Amendment which separates church and state. See The History of the First Amendment. Of course, Muslims believe in union of church and state and want to impose their abominable beliefs on Americans.)
School Officials Declare Playgrounds ‘No-Jesus’ Zones (August 8, 2016)(Australia)
U.S. town bans residents from criticizing mosque (August 2, 2017)(Interesting. Attacks against free speech are coming not only from those who practice or support sexual perversion but also from those who practice, support, or cave in to the Islamic religion. Satan works in many ways.)
Muslim Demands Pig Farmer Move Because They’re Building A Mosque Next Door, Farmer Has Perfect Response (June 26, 2017)(Muslims want the government to enforce their religious beliefs. That is not the way it works in America.)
In Canada, Big Brother Is Ready to Raid Your Home and Steal Your Child (June 27, 2017)(The Supreme Court’s incorrect opinion legalizing the marriage of people of the same sex (which is no marriage at all in fact – see The Hierarchy of Law as it relates to sodomy and sodomite marriage (060115), The Proper Response by believers and churches to Obergefell, the United States Supreme Court same sex marriage decision (063015)) is one more step toward the destruction of freedom of speech, religion, press, and association. This article makes that point. From this article:In 2015, Dawn Stefanowicz, herself the child of a gay father who died of AIDS, raised her voice as well. The headline to her article read, ‘A Warning from Canada: Same-Sex Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights.‘ She wrote, ‘I want to warn America to expect severe erosion of First Amendment freedoms if the US Supreme Court mandates same-sex marriage. The consequences have played out in Canada for ten years now, and they are truly Orwellian in nature and scope.'”)
Republican Senator Slams Speech Censorship on College Campuses
(June 27, 2017)
Link to article: First Amendment Ultimate Safeguard Against Encroaching Shariah In America (October 31, 2015)


Berkeley Mayor Urges UC Berkeley To Cancel Free Speech Week (August 28, 2017)
The Roberts Court Has Been a First Amendment Champion by Steve Chapman (July 27, 2017)
First Amendment Protection of New Testament Churches/Federal Laws Protecting State Churches (Religious Organizations)
(February 2010)
1,000 Pastors who pledge to defy IRS and preach politics from pulpit ahead of election misunderstand the law and the hierarchy of law (October 3, 2012)
Tract on the Legality of Street Preaching
(More Supreme Court cases of benefit to freedom of speech have come down since this tract was drafted, all in line with cases discussed on the tract. See, Court Cases of Interest.)
The Legality of Door-to-Door Evangelism (December 10, 1011)
Business Owners Try To Shut Down Street Preaching In Northfield, Minnesota (August 17, 2014)(They were unsuccessful)
Street Preaching: A Misunderstood Blessing (September 24, 2014)(Published in the Northfield News)
Will Churches in America Have a Choice about Sodomite Marriage: A short critique of the article “Christian schools will have no choice about gay marriage: Column” as it relates to churches (May 23, 2015)
The Hierarchy of Law as it relates to sodomy and sodomite marriage (June 1, 2015)
Republican Response to Obergefell – Wrong!!!! (July 7, 2015)
Response to Obergefell, the United States Supreme Court same sex marriage decision (June 30, 2015)
Can a church force a homosexual to turn straight to stay in the church? (September 9, 2015)
Lawyers answer question about speech in the public forum in America (September 19, 2015)
Moslem question concerning free speech in America with answers from lawyers (2015)
December 22, 2013: Lawless Police Officer Attacks Street Preaching In Northfield, Minnesota
OPBC Street Preachers Actions against University of Minnesota Peace Officer who acted unlawfully (October 30, 2015) For more on this see: The Trials and Tribulations of the Old Paths Baptist Church ‘No Small Stir’ Street Preaching Ministry
Letter to city officials concerning up-coming street preaching by the men of OPBC (October 21, 2015)
Kicking someone out of church for speech, the state church versus the New Testament church, and Nicolaitism (January 16, 2016)
Is Separation of Church and State Found in the Constitution? (February 2014)
Articles, etc. chronicling and analyzing the attacks, including and beginning with the Northfield MN attacks, against OPBC street preachers (June 27, 2017)


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