Three Christian men tried to offer Gospels of John to passersby on a public street in the vicinity of a Muslim festival. After 3 minutes a swarm of police converged on them, and arrested them.
From Power Line
The policeman’s order violated the First Amendment, so that conviction should be subject to reversal. It is good that a Michigan jury didn’t buy this plainly unconstitutional prosecution, but the story, taken as a whole, is sobering. These evangelists incurred expenses that must have been well into five figures, at a bare minimum, and on top of that had a legitimate fear of criminal conviction–all for engaging in activity that falls within the heart of the First Amendment’s protection. They were vilified, too; this is from the Detroit Free Press story that McCarthy refers to:
“It’s really about a hatred of Muslims,” [Dearborn Mayor Jack] O’Reilly said. “That is what the whole heart of this is. … Their idea is that there is no place for Muslims in America. They fail to understand the Constitution.”
That quote is so Orwellian as to leave one speechless. Passing out the Gospel of John reflects a “fail[ure] to understand the Constitution?” Does the Constitution ban Christianity? Some on the Left apparently think so.