A series of videos uploaded to YouTube show a group of Christian street preachers reportedly being kicked out of Saturday’s Reason Rally by officers who are identified as U.S. Park Service members.
While the authorities are seen repeatedly asking the street preachers — who were purportedly vocally sharing their beliefs before the start of the atheist event at the Lincoln Memorial — to move locations, the men pushed back, claiming that they had a Constitutional right to be there.
“You will be in hell, then thrown into the lake of fire,” one of the preachers said aloud, aiming his message at atheists before the police approached. “We’re sick of all you phony atheists. You’re a dime a dozen.”
At around the 9:00-minute mark in the first video, which was uploaded to an account by the name of “Buddy Fisher,” an officer approached and proclaimed, “We’re going to move you out, because we’ve already got complaints,” before proceeding to give alternative options for locations at which the Christian group could re-gather.
But the preachers argued that they were accompanied by under 25 people and, thus, did not need a permit, saying that their gathering fell under a free-speech exemption. The cops, though, weren’t buying into that explanation.
“Right now you have to move because I’m telling you that you’re interfering with [their] permit,” the cop said of the Reason Rally organizers.
But one of the preachers shot back, “You are going against the Constitution here in our nation’s capitol.”
The street preacher’s argument was that atheists had secured a non-exclusive permit and that the Reason Rally was open to the entire public. With that in mind, he said that he and his group had every right to be there. The debate, it seems, was over whether the Christians, who did not have a permit, were creating a disturbance.
“This is everything that America was founded on!” the pastor continued. “Freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”
Watch the clash unfold at the 9:00-mark below:
SOURCE: Billy Hallowell