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Christian Beliefs About Jesus Is Not To be Shared On Bourbon St. In NeNo preaching or giving tracts
Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:48 PM
For 30 years, he’s periodically gone to the French Quarter community center to preach the message of Jesus.
“Pastor Gros shares his faith in various ways. Sometimes he preaches; other times he hands out tracts and/or carries portable signs. But more than any other way, Pastor Gros likes to engage individuals in respectful, one-on-one discussion about Jesus and the Christian faith.”
Until he was ordered to be quiet by police
He goes to Bourbon Street in the French Quarters , ...as well to witness.
Hundreds of people go daily in the French Quarters and visit Bourbon Street . Not only Pastor Gros witnesses for the Lord on Bourbon St...
but, many other christians do that as well. They reaching out to the lost.
Why are they trying to stop Christians reaching out to others for Jesus ?
Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:09 PM
However it violates the constitution on 2 levels. It is govt preventing someone from freely exercising their religion and it is preventing free speech. I am most interested in seeing how this plays out.
Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:23 PM
Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:49 PM
I would love to quote this whole article. Its short:
Less than a month ago, police arrested several other street preachers on Bourbon Street during a gay pride festival for allegedly violating the ordinance. Gros wasn't among them.
But in October 2011, New Orleans passed an "aggressive solicitation" ordinance, Gros says.
The ordinance, "the Religious Speech Ban codified at section 54-419 of the New Orleans City Code, includes a provision that prohibits religious as well as political and social expression on Bourbon Street at night," the complaint states.
The ordinance states: "It shall be prohibited for any person or group of persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose disseminating any social, political, or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise." Infractions are punishable by up to a $500 fine or 6 months in jail.
Gros says that for several years he "has made it habit to go on Bourbon Street every Tuesday and Friday night to share his Christian message."
But in May, the pastor, his wife, another pastor and a friend went to Bourbon Street to preach and were stopped from doing so.
"Upon receiving the order to stop, Pastor Gros asked to speak to the highest-ranking police officer and was directed to Officer [M. J.] Field. Officer Field confirmed that the law precluded any Christian speech on Bourbon Street at night. (g 32)
"Pastor Gros inquired of the basis for this order, and he was subsequently shown on a smart phone the text of the 'aggressive solicitation' ordinance, with his attention being directed to the provision banning religious expression between hours of sunset and sunrise," the complaint states.
Gros says that's unconstitutional.
Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:50 PM
A national legal organization has announced that it has obtained a temporary restraining order against New Orleans’ Aggressive Solicitation ordinance, which bans evangelistic activity and all free speech after sunset on Bourbon Street.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Louisiana states that it obtained the restraining order during a brief telephone hearing this afternoon. The organization had filed suit earlier in the day, requesting that the court grant a temporary freeze on the ordinance until the case moves forward in federal court.