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On Bourbon Street you can show everything (but your faith)

Nolaken Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 3:26 PM
I live in New Orleans and this column totally mischaracterizes this situation. This is a public safety issue. Bourbon Street attracts large crowds at times and anything that causes crowd congestion is a problem. Violence and other unpleasant events can, and have, happened in these situations. All these preachers have to do is step a very few feet on to a cross street and they can continue their preaching unimpeded, and be heard by those on Bourbon. It is also against the law to sit down either on the sidewalk or in the street for the same reasons. Freedom of speech is not an absolute right at all times. It must be weighed against other rights. The Supreme Court has long held this.
Deeter2 Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 3:40 PM
This poster totally mischaracterizes the situation. I live in New Orleans and regularly go to Bourbon Street, and none of what this guy is talking about happens.

Yet again, it seems painfully obvious that people voicing their support of the law have no idea what the law even says, because it criminalizes a SINGLE person talking to someone else about politics, social things, or religion. It literally empowers the police to go up to people standing there talking to their friends and if they are talking about one of those 3 subject areas, they can be arrested.

But hey, the police in New Orleans obviously have nothing better to do than listen in on people's conversations.
rightmostofthetime Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 3:35 PM
So they have no doubt banned all the street performers on Bourbon, correct? They draw larger crowds than preachers.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 7:55 PM
Lemme guess. The crowds drawn are basically hecklers and offended flamers. But it's not the "unsafely large" crowds that get told to disperse; no it's the lone preacher.
Deeter2 Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 3:40 PM
Most of the people preaching out there and handing out tracts never attract crowds, nor do they obstruct traffic. The law is indefensible.

On October 26, 2011, the city of New Orleans criminalized religious expression on Bourbon Street.

Subsequently, in May of this year, a preacher from Vieux Carre Assembly of God Church was told by police that he could not continue discussing religion on Bourbon Street, even though he had been preaching there for the past 30 years every Tuesday and Friday evening.

The new rules were quietly put in place when Mayor Mitch Landrieu approved a ban on loitering or congregating “for the purpose of disseminating any social, political, or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise.”...