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Topic: Park (10/25/12)
- TITLE: Havoc In The Park
By Ken Ebright
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"Sure." The gentleman stopped next to Glen.
The pastor looked at his clipboard. "What do you think about sin?"
The gentleman's eyes were looking all over the place. "Sin… there's no such thing as sin."
"What do you think about Jesus?" The pastor wrote something on his clipboard.
The man smirked. "Jesus was a fairy tale."
"If you were to die tonight and God asked you, "Why" should I let you into heaven? "What" would you say?"
"It just so happens that I'm a undercover police officer." The officer flashed a badge. “The city has an ordinance against proselytizing in parks. You’re under arrest." The officer pulled out his handcuffs and cuffed the pastor.
Glen eyes bulged out of his eye sockets. "Officer, I wasn't proselytizing, I was taking a survey. Even if I was proselytizing we do have freedom of speech and religion. The park is public property."
The officer marched the pastor to his car. "I didn't write the laws."
The Pastor's eyes turned red. "What ever happened to the First Amendment?"
The officer opened the car door and seated Glen in the back car seat. "Ask the Judge."
Six months later Pastor Glen stood before the judge. "You're charged with proselytizing in a public park which is ordinance 10003. I find you guilty as charged and sentence you to 90 days in jail."
"Judge, sir, that‘s not fair! I didn‘t do anything wrong. I can't believe that the city can write an ordinance prohibiting proselytizing. After all, it’s free speech."
"Pastor, you're out of order. You don't mouth off to a judge. Just be thankful I was lenient on you. I should've put you away for five years."
The pastor cleared his throat at the pulpit. "That was a fictional story of Pastor Glen. It is a hypothetical situation of what can happen in our near future. When our elected leaders propose laws that take away our right to speak about Jesus in a park or anywhere in the public arena, we need to stand up and fight. Our forefathers bled and died so we can have freedom of speech and religion. It’s wrong for the city to take away our freedoms, especially in public places.I also realize that the ordinance was created because of Gay Pride. Gay people need Jesus too."
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