I know all of you were very excited to see Ray Comfort at the upcoming Reason Rally. He announced last month that he would be training hundreds of Christians to preach at (and hopefully convert) atheists, adding that he would give away 5,000 copies of his new book and $25,000 worth of Subway gift cards.
Sad news: It won’t be happening anymore. At least not with the 1,000+ Christians who had already registered for the event.
“To the D.C. police,” Comfort reported, “that constituted a protest and therefore we needed a permit to gather. We would have to stay at the other end of the National Mall, and they said that if we persisted to approach atheists to speak with them we would be arrested.”
The best-selling author then decided to cancel the outreach event, though they would still be filming at the Washington Monument. He added, “Our crew is only 17 people, so we don’t need a permit if we go there as individuals. The Reason Rally is free and open to the public, so if any other groups of individuals show up on their own initiative they won’t need a permit either or be arrested if they approach atheists.”
The idea here is that atheists have the space reserved. So if Christians want to oppose the event as an organized group, the police can require them to follow certain rules.
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