I was reading this article on CBS Los Angeles about a pastor who was basically arrested for reading the bible and preaching out loud in public near a drivers' licencing agency in Hemet California and now it appears he is on trial and could wind up in jail for up to 90 days if convicted. I have some mixed feelings about this case as a Christian. Though I do think 90 days in jail would be extreme for his case. I would acquit him if I were the judge.
Commentary about this article:
Can't you imagine if you are in the pastor's shoes? You are reading the bible or even sharing your beliefs with others near a public building and all of the sudden you are handcuffs and taken off to jail for it? When it comes to cases like this, I am thinking to myself, "is this America". This seems to be a first amendment issue case as it does seem to test whether or not if people can practice or share their religion in a public place.
Now, obviously it is probably not a good thing to force ones' beliefs on others, and if people asked the guy to stop he probably should honor their requests. However, the officer did seem to come up out of nowhere and he did not seem to get any warnings about his reading of the bible or preaching. It will be interesting on how the case will proceed.