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California May Be Bad, But (Formerly) Great Britain Is Worse – Religious Discussion A Crime

I’ve said quite a lot about just how much of a cesspool California has become over the years.  There are regulations on just about everything and I really do feel like I’m going to a foreign country when I visit.  Aside from making it illegal to use a hand held cellphone while driving, you have to have any handguns in the car in a locked container with the ammo in a separate part of the vehicle.  What’s up with that?  Heck, I’ve had my C9 with me in the car quite a bit lately.  It stays in its holster, securely clipped to the left side of my lap belt – gotta be open carry until I get my concealed carry permit :wink:

It’s not just guns in California, or cellphones in cars for that matter.  There’s the taxes, the ridiculously low 65 mile per hour maximum speed limit (it’s 75 miles per hour in Nevada), and the BS government programs like the one that told one of Cindy’s co-workers back at Captains cove (this is before I was there) that they couldn’t help her because even though she was a single mother and all, she was white.  They didn’t beat around the bush or suggest it via innuendo, either.

Still, even with all its faults, California ain’t nearly as bad as formerly Great Britain.  California’s gun laws aren’t nearly as strict as formerly Great Britain’s are and you don’t get arrested and charged with a crime for having a religious discussion with your customers if one of them feels “offended.”

From the Daily Mail:

A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel.

Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang were arrested after a Muslim woman complained to police that she had been offended by their comments.

They have been charged under public order laws with using ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words’ that were ‘religiously aggravated’.

The couple, whose trial has been set for December, face a fine of up to £5,000 and a criminal record if they are convicted.

Although the facts are disputed, it is thought that during the conversation the couple were challenged over their Christian beliefs.

It is understood that they suggested that Mohammed, the founder of Islam, was a warlord and that traditional Muslim dress for women was a form of bondage.

They deny, however, that their comments were threatening and argue that they had every right to defend and explain their beliefs.

Remember that little thing in the Constitution called the First Amendment? There’s a good reason it’s there. It recognizes our pre-existing right to expression. I’m sure glad it’s in there and was incorporated against the States by the Fourteenth Amendment.

This isn’t about religion.  It’s about freedom and tyranny.

I hope these folks are acquitted and decide to move to Las Vegas where they’d be free.

Yet another hat tip to Weasel Zippers

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