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Calaveras County Makes the ACLU Hopping Mad
By Robert Knight 03/01/2015

Yo, Calaveras County became famous 150 years ago when Mark Twain in 1865 penned the short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” which also became the title of Twain’s very first book.

Now, thanks to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, the county of 45,000 people situated in northern California’s gold country may become famous for something else – officials bucking the ACLU and standing for religious freedom in the public square.

The ACLU of Northern California first jumped into action last year upon hearing that, on April 8, 2014, the county board of supervisors passed a resolution honoring the work of the Door of Hope, a Christian-operated pregnancy center.

Several local residents complained to the ACLU, which, like frogs hopping out of a hot pot, sprang into action. The county got a warning letter on May 15, 2014.

This is the same ACLU chapter, by the way, that nearly 20 years ago forced the Livingston, Calif. school district to allow Sikh students to wear ceremonial knives (secured in sewn sheaths) in school. They’re still boasting about it on the ACLU website.

The biggest objection in the current case was to this section: “The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Yes, that’s what they do, the center director told county officials at a hearing.

The ACLU letter advised officials to rescind the resolution on the grounds that it violated California’s Constitution. On May 28, the county attorney responded by stating that the resolution was not illegal as written, but advising the board to redraft it.

On July 8, the board adopted a slightly reworded version, changing the apparently offensive word “unborn” in another section to “children” but leaving the reference to “living the teachings of Christ.”

Last week, on Feb. 18, the ACLU formally filed a lawsuit (Lavagetto, et al. v. County of Calaveras) in Superior Court on behalf of nine residents of varying non-Christian religions or no religion, alleging several violations of the California and U.S. Constitutions.

One plaintiff alleged that the resolution, “discourages broad-based participation in local government.” A Unitarian plaintiff argued that unless the court strikes down the resolution, “officials will continue to impose limits on the religious freedom of those who do not share their religious belief.” Another Unitarian said she “fears … it will create divisions in her community and foster an environment of intolerance.”

None of the plaintiffs offered any tangible example of how they would lose the ability to practice their own religion freely or participate in public life. Apparently, the mere mention of someone benefiting from “living the teachings of Christ” is enough to give adherents of other worldviews an inferiority complex, or worse. As President Obama has noted, we are just barely over the Inquisition.

The real problem is California’s Constitution, which goes beyond federal law to enshrine the idea that anything “religious” has cooties. Article 16, Section 5 states:

“Neither the Legislature, nor any county, city and county, township, school district, or other municipal corporation, shall ever make an appropriation, or pay from any public fund whatever, or grant anything to or in aid of any religious sect, church, creed, or sectarian purpose, or help to support or sustain any school, college, university, hospital, or other institution controlled by any religious creed, church, or sectarian denomination whatever; nor shall any grant or donation of personal property or real estate ever be made by the State, or any city, city and county, town, or other municipal corporation for any religious creed, church, or sectarian purpose whatever….”

Part of the ACLU’s suit accuses Calaveras County officials of spending “public funds” by “enacting” and “maintaining records” of the resolution. While that might not break the county coffers, it remains to be seen whether the defendants will have to pay the ACLU’s usual exorbitant legal fees if the county loses the case.

The conservative Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has offered a pro bono defense of the county. PJI President Brad Dacus told OneNewsNow that local governments are free to recognize all charities, including religious ones, “and yet the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, they continue to file these lawsuits; they continually lose. That's the critical lesson to be learned when they engage in these bullying tactics to try to sterilize faith and people of faith and organizations of faith from the marketplace.

"We need to send a loud message to bullies like the ACLU … that they cannot file these actions and expect to prevail or expect local governments to be intimidated – not anymore."

Robert Knight is a Senior Fellow for the American Civil Rights Union.

Calaveras County became famous 150 years ago when Mark Twain in 1865 penned the short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” which also became the title of Twain’s very first book.

Now, thanks to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, the county of 45,000 people situated in northern California’s gold country may become famous for something else – officials bucking the ACLU and standing for religious freedom in the public square.

The ACLU of Northern California first jumped into action last year upon hearing that, on April 8, 2014, the county board of supervisors passed a resolution honoring the work of the Door of Hope, a Christian-operated pregnancy center.

Several local residents complained to the ACLU, which, like frogs hopping out of a hot pot, sprang into action. The county got a warning letter on May 15, 2014.

This is the same ACLU chapter, by the way, that nearly 20 years ago forced the Livingston, Calif. school district to allow Sikh students to wear ceremonial knives (secured in sewn sheaths) in school. They’re still boasting about it on the ACLU website.

The biggest objection in the current case was to this section: “The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Yes, that’s what they do, the center director told county officials at a hearing.

The ACLU letter advised officials to rescind the resolution on the grounds that it violated California’s Constitution. On May 28, the county attorney responded by stating that the resolution was not illegal as written, but advising the board to redraft it.

On July 8, the board adopted a slightly reworded version, changing the apparently offensive word “unborn” in another section to “children” but leaving the reference to “living the teachings of Christ.”

Last week, on Feb. 18, the ACLU formally filed a lawsuit (Lavagetto, et al. v. County of Calaveras) in Superior Court on behalf of nine residents of varying non-Christian religions or no religion, alleging several violations of the California and U.S. Constitutions.

One plaintiff alleged that the resolution, “discourages broad-based participation in local government.” A Unitarian plaintiff argued that unless the court strikes down the resolution, “officials will continue to impose limits on the religious freedom of those who do not share their religious belief.” Another Unitarian said she “fears … it will create divisions in her community and foster an environment of intolerance.”

None of the plaintiffs offered any tangible example of how they would lose the ability to practice their own religion freely or participate in public life. Apparently, the mere mention of someone benefiting from “living the teachings of Christ” is enough to give adherents of other worldviews an inferiority complex, or worse. As President Obama has noted, we are just barely over the Inquisition.

The real problem is California’s Constitution, which goes beyond federal law to enshrine the idea that anything “religious” has cooties. Article 16, Section 5 states:

“Neither the Legislature, nor any county, city and county, township, school district, or other municipal corporation, shall ever make an appropriation, or pay from any public fund whatever, or grant anything to or in aid of any religious sect, church, creed, or sectarian purpose, or help to support or sustain any school, college, university, hospital, or other institution controlled by any religious creed, church, or sectarian denomination whatever; nor shall any grant or donation of personal property or real estate ever be made by the State, or any city, city and county, town, or other municipal corporation for any religious creed, church, or sectarian purpose whatever….”

Part of the ACLU’s suit accuses Calaveras County officials of spending “public funds” by “enacting” and “maintaining records” of the resolution. While that might not break the county coffers, it remains to be seen whether the defendants will have to pay the ACLU’s usual exorbitant legal fees if the county loses the case.

The conservative Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has offered a pro bono defense of the county. PJI President Brad Dacus told OneNewsNow that local governments are free to recognize all charities, including religious ones, “and yet the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, they continue to file these lawsuits; they continually lose. That's the critical lesson to be learned when they engage in these bullying tactics to try to sterilize faith and people of faith and organizations of faith from the marketplace.

"We need to send a loud message to bullies like the ACLU … that they cannot file these actions and expect to prevail or expect local governments to be intimidated – not anymore."

Robert Knight is a Senior Fellow for the American Civil Rights Union.

"GTP"
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“The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Ah, yeah, it's secular nation. As the government you can't promote Jesus. You don't have to hate him either, you must remain neutral and that ain't it.

And while you may not like that, they also do this kind of thing:

ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison

PORTALES, NM -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today announced that it has succeeded in freeing street preacher Shawn Miller from the Roosevelt County jail. Miller was arrested last April after Portales police claimed he was yelling at passing cars, although Miller maintains he was merely "preaching the word of God."

"Mr. Miller has a guaranteed right to stand on a street corner and proclaim his faith in God to all who pass by," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "He wasn't harassing or intimidating anyone. He certainly should not have spent time under lock and key for such a minor incident."
ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison American Civil Liberties Union
 
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“The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Ah, yeah, it's secular nation. As the government you can't promote Jesus. You don't have to hate him either, you must remain neutral and that ain't it.

And while you may not like that, they also do this kind of thing:

ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison

PORTALES, NM -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today announced that it has succeeded in freeing street preacher Shawn Miller from the Roosevelt County jail. Miller was arrested last April after Portales police claimed he was yelling at passing cars, although Miller maintains he was merely "preaching the word of God."

"Mr. Miller has a guaranteed right to stand on a street corner and proclaim his faith in God to all who pass by," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "He wasn't harassing or intimidating anyone. He certainly should not have spent time under lock and key for such a minor incident."
ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, ""August 4, 2005"" You can`t find something closer to today? They are Puppets now for the Socialist Progressive Democrat Party!

"GTP"
 

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“The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Ah, yeah, it's secular nation. As the government you can't promote Jesus. You don't have to hate him either, you must remain neutral and that ain't it.

And while you may not like that, they also do this kind of thing:

ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison

PORTALES, NM -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today announced that it has succeeded in freeing street preacher Shawn Miller from the Roosevelt County jail. Miller was arrested last April after Portales police claimed he was yelling at passing cars, although Miller maintains he was merely "preaching the word of God."

"Mr. Miller has a guaranteed right to stand on a street corner and proclaim his faith in God to all who pass by," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "He wasn't harassing or intimidating anyone. He certainly should not have spent time under lock and key for such a minor incident."
ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, ""August 4, 2005"" You can`t find something closer to today? They are Puppets now for the Socialist Progressive Democrat Party!
That's why I said "like this". They do it all the time and supposedly they wouldn't if they were who you believe them to be, which they aren't.

How about this one, last year:

ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers' Right to Free Speech

May 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

ROSWELL, NM—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico settled its lawsuit against the City of Roswell, NM alleging that police officers repeatedly violated the First Amendment free speech rights of two local street preachers, Joshua and Jeremy De Los Santos. Joshua and Jeremy are brothers and members of the Old Paths Baptist Church in Roswell, where Joshua is the pastor. Both believe they have a duty to preach the Gospel in public, and both regularly do so. However, the Roswell Police Department (RPD) arrested both brothers multiple times for expressing their sincerely held religious beliefs in public, as is their right under the First Amendment.

Under the terms of the settlement, the City of Roswell will pay $97,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers Right to Free Speech American Civil Liberties Union
 
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“The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Ah, yeah, it's secular nation. As the government you can't promote Jesus. You don't have to hate him either, you must remain neutral and that ain't it.

And while you may not like that, they also do this kind of thing:

ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison

PORTALES, NM -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today announced that it has succeeded in freeing street preacher Shawn Miller from the Roosevelt County jail. Miller was arrested last April after Portales police claimed he was yelling at passing cars, although Miller maintains he was merely "preaching the word of God."

"Mr. Miller has a guaranteed right to stand on a street corner and proclaim his faith in God to all who pass by," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "He wasn't harassing or intimidating anyone. He certainly should not have spent time under lock and key for such a minor incident."
ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, ""August 4, 2005"" You can`t find something closer to today? They are Puppets now for the Socialist Progressive Democrat Party!
That's why I said "like this". They do it all the time and supposedly they wouldn't if they were who you believe them to be, which they aren't.

How about this one, last year:

ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers' Right to Free Speech

May 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

ROSWELL, NM—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico settled its lawsuit against the City of Roswell, NM alleging that police officers repeatedly violated the First Amendment free speech rights of two local street preachers, Joshua and Jeremy De Los Santos. Joshua and Jeremy are brothers and members of the Old Paths Baptist Church in Roswell, where Joshua is the pastor. Both believe they have a duty to preach the Gospel in public, and both regularly do so. However, the Roswell Police Department (RPD) arrested both brothers multiple times for expressing their sincerely held religious beliefs in public, as is their right under the First Amendment.

Under the terms of the settlement, the City of Roswell will pay $97,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers Right to Free Speech American Civil Liberties Union
“The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Ah, yeah, it's secular nation. As the government you can't promote Jesus. You don't have to hate him either, you must remain neutral and that ain't it.

And while you may not like that, they also do this kind of thing:

ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison

PORTALES, NM -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today announced that it has succeeded in freeing street preacher Shawn Miller from the Roosevelt County jail. Miller was arrested last April after Portales police claimed he was yelling at passing cars, although Miller maintains he was merely "preaching the word of God."

"Mr. Miller has a guaranteed right to stand on a street corner and proclaim his faith in God to all who pass by," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "He wasn't harassing or intimidating anyone. He certainly should not have spent time under lock and key for such a minor incident."
ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, ""August 4, 2005"" You can`t find something closer to today? They are Puppets now for the Socialist Progressive Democrat Party!
That's why I said "like this". They do it all the time and supposedly they wouldn't if they were who you believe them to be, which they aren't.

How about this one, last year:

ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers' Right to Free Speech

May 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

ROSWELL, NM—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico settled its lawsuit against the City of Roswell, NM alleging that police officers repeatedly violated the First Amendment free speech rights of two local street preachers, Joshua and Jeremy De Los Santos. Joshua and Jeremy are brothers and members of the Old Paths Baptist Church in Roswell, where Joshua is the pastor. Both believe they have a duty to preach the Gospel in public, and both regularly do so. However, the Roswell Police Department (RPD) arrested both brothers multiple times for expressing their sincerely held religious beliefs in public, as is their right under the First Amendment.

Under the terms of the settlement, the City of Roswell will pay $97,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers Right to Free Speech American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, this is what the ACLU defend? The Old Paths head pastor, Joshua De Los Santos, became a Christian five-plus years ago through a ""jail ministry"" and lists several street preaching association events as part of his 2010 calendar.

"GTP"
 

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“The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Ah, yeah, it's secular nation. As the government you can't promote Jesus. You don't have to hate him either, you must remain neutral and that ain't it.

And while you may not like that, they also do this kind of thing:

ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison

PORTALES, NM -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today announced that it has succeeded in freeing street preacher Shawn Miller from the Roosevelt County jail. Miller was arrested last April after Portales police claimed he was yelling at passing cars, although Miller maintains he was merely "preaching the word of God."

"Mr. Miller has a guaranteed right to stand on a street corner and proclaim his faith in God to all who pass by," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "He wasn't harassing or intimidating anyone. He certainly should not have spent time under lock and key for such a minor incident."
ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, ""August 4, 2005"" You can`t find something closer to today? They are Puppets now for the Socialist Progressive Democrat Party!
That's why I said "like this". They do it all the time and supposedly they wouldn't if they were who you believe them to be, which they aren't.

How about this one, last year:

ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers' Right to Free Speech

May 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

ROSWELL, NM—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico settled its lawsuit against the City of Roswell, NM alleging that police officers repeatedly violated the First Amendment free speech rights of two local street preachers, Joshua and Jeremy De Los Santos. Joshua and Jeremy are brothers and members of the Old Paths Baptist Church in Roswell, where Joshua is the pastor. Both believe they have a duty to preach the Gospel in public, and both regularly do so. However, the Roswell Police Department (RPD) arrested both brothers multiple times for expressing their sincerely held religious beliefs in public, as is their right under the First Amendment.

Under the terms of the settlement, the City of Roswell will pay $97,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers Right to Free Speech American Civil Liberties Union
“The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Ah, yeah, it's secular nation. As the government you can't promote Jesus. You don't have to hate him either, you must remain neutral and that ain't it.

And while you may not like that, they also do this kind of thing:

ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison

PORTALES, NM -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today announced that it has succeeded in freeing street preacher Shawn Miller from the Roosevelt County jail. Miller was arrested last April after Portales police claimed he was yelling at passing cars, although Miller maintains he was merely "preaching the word of God."

"Mr. Miller has a guaranteed right to stand on a street corner and proclaim his faith in God to all who pass by," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "He wasn't harassing or intimidating anyone. He certainly should not have spent time under lock and key for such a minor incident."
ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, ""August 4, 2005"" You can`t find something closer to today? They are Puppets now for the Socialist Progressive Democrat Party!
That's why I said "like this". They do it all the time and supposedly they wouldn't if they were who you believe them to be, which they aren't.

How about this one, last year:

ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers' Right to Free Speech

May 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

ROSWELL, NM—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico settled its lawsuit against the City of Roswell, NM alleging that police officers repeatedly violated the First Amendment free speech rights of two local street preachers, Joshua and Jeremy De Los Santos. Joshua and Jeremy are brothers and members of the Old Paths Baptist Church in Roswell, where Joshua is the pastor. Both believe they have a duty to preach the Gospel in public, and both regularly do so. However, the Roswell Police Department (RPD) arrested both brothers multiple times for expressing their sincerely held religious beliefs in public, as is their right under the First Amendment.

Under the terms of the settlement, the City of Roswell will pay $97,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers Right to Free Speech American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, this is what the ACLU defend? The Old Paths head pastor, Joshua De Los Santos, became a Christian five-plus years ago through a ""jail ministry"" and lists several street preaching association events as part of his 2010 calendar.
Do you have a problem with him preaching on the street? I don't.
 

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The American Civil Liberals Union (ACLU). Conservatives need to find their own representative to protect their rights......God knows, the ACLU won't.
 

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The American Civil Liberals Union (ACLU). Conservatives need to find their own representative to protect their rights......God knows, the ACLU won't.
The KKK already exists, try them.
 

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Given that the KKK was started by the Democrats to either keep the Blacks voting for them or not for Republicans, Republicans will not be welcome.
 

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Given that the KKK was started by the Democrats to either keep the Blacks voting for them or not for Republicans, Republicans will not be welcome.
The KKK was started by southern conservatives and they fucking hate liberals, quit being dense, they care about the exact same things you do but they are at least courageous (or stupid) enough to not deny their true feelings about race.
 

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Given that the KKK was started by the Democrats to either keep the Blacks voting for them or not for Republicans, Republicans will not be welcome.
The KKK was started by southern conservatives and they fucking hate liberals, quit being dense, they care about the exact same things you do but they are at least courageous (or stupid) enough to not deny their true feelings about race.
Democrats controlled how Blacks voted back then and they control how Blacks vote now. Lynodn Johnson (D) had a plan and it is in effect. Just this past week the Congressional Black Caucus was told to go oppose a State visit from Israel and they obliged. Black Congressional members then as is now who are (R) Republican refuse to be dictated to by a bunch of White Democrats.
 
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“The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Ah, yeah, it's secular nation. As the government you can't promote Jesus. You don't have to hate him either, you must remain neutral and that ain't it.

And while you may not like that, they also do this kind of thing:

ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison

PORTALES, NM -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today announced that it has succeeded in freeing street preacher Shawn Miller from the Roosevelt County jail. Miller was arrested last April after Portales police claimed he was yelling at passing cars, although Miller maintains he was merely "preaching the word of God."

"Mr. Miller has a guaranteed right to stand on a street corner and proclaim his faith in God to all who pass by," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "He wasn't harassing or intimidating anyone. He certainly should not have spent time under lock and key for such a minor incident."
ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, ""August 4, 2005"" You can`t find something closer to today? They are Puppets now for the Socialist Progressive Democrat Party!
That's why I said "like this". They do it all the time and supposedly they wouldn't if they were who you believe them to be, which they aren't.

How about this one, last year:

ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers' Right to Free Speech

May 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

ROSWELL, NM—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico settled its lawsuit against the City of Roswell, NM alleging that police officers repeatedly violated the First Amendment free speech rights of two local street preachers, Joshua and Jeremy De Los Santos. Joshua and Jeremy are brothers and members of the Old Paths Baptist Church in Roswell, where Joshua is the pastor. Both believe they have a duty to preach the Gospel in public, and both regularly do so. However, the Roswell Police Department (RPD) arrested both brothers multiple times for expressing their sincerely held religious beliefs in public, as is their right under the First Amendment.

Under the terms of the settlement, the City of Roswell will pay $97,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers Right to Free Speech American Civil Liberties Union
“The Door of Hope seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Ah, yeah, it's secular nation. As the government you can't promote Jesus. You don't have to hate him either, you must remain neutral and that ain't it.

And while you may not like that, they also do this kind of thing:

ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison

PORTALES, NM -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico today announced that it has succeeded in freeing street preacher Shawn Miller from the Roosevelt County jail. Miller was arrested last April after Portales police claimed he was yelling at passing cars, although Miller maintains he was merely "preaching the word of God."

"Mr. Miller has a guaranteed right to stand on a street corner and proclaim his faith in God to all who pass by," said ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson. "He wasn't harassing or intimidating anyone. He certainly should not have spent time under lock and key for such a minor incident."
ACLU Helps Free New Mexico Street Preacher From Prison American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, ""August 4, 2005"" You can`t find something closer to today? They are Puppets now for the Socialist Progressive Democrat Party!
That's why I said "like this". They do it all the time and supposedly they wouldn't if they were who you believe them to be, which they aren't.

How about this one, last year:

ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers' Right to Free Speech

May 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 212-549-2666, media@aclu.org

ROSWELL, NM—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico settled its lawsuit against the City of Roswell, NM alleging that police officers repeatedly violated the First Amendment free speech rights of two local street preachers, Joshua and Jeremy De Los Santos. Joshua and Jeremy are brothers and members of the Old Paths Baptist Church in Roswell, where Joshua is the pastor. Both believe they have a duty to preach the Gospel in public, and both regularly do so. However, the Roswell Police Department (RPD) arrested both brothers multiple times for expressing their sincerely held religious beliefs in public, as is their right under the First Amendment.

Under the terms of the settlement, the City of Roswell will pay $97,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
ACLU Wins Settlement against Roswell for Violating Christian Preachers Right to Free Speech American Civil Liberties Union
Yo, this is what the ACLU defend? The Old Paths head pastor, Joshua De Los Santos, became a Christian five-plus years ago through a ""jail ministry"" and lists several street preaching association events as part of his 2010 calendar.
Do you have a problem with him preaching on the street? I don't.
Yo, I don`t have a problem with him preaching, but some towns have laws? This guy is a Democrat who was in jail and turned to religion like they all do, that is more inline with the ACLU!!!

"GTP"
 

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