Just ask a couple of Gideons. Their answer might surprise you. From the Alliance Defense Fund web site:

PLANTATION KEY, Fla. — Two members of Gideons International arrested for distributing Bibles on a public sidewalk will be represented by Alliance Defense Fund attorneys. Anthony Mirto and Ernest Simpson were arrested, booked into jail, and charged with trespassing.

“The First Amendment protects the right to engage in religious speech on a public sidewalk,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman. “Members of the Gideons have been highly respected for decades as peaceful providers of free Bibles to those who want them.”

On Jan. 19, Mirto and Simpson began distributing copies of the Bible on a public sidewalk outside Key Largo School. Neither man entered school grounds. After the school’s principal called police, a Monroe County Sheriff’s officer asked the men to leave immediately or face trespassing charges. As the men prepared to leave, the officer decided to arrest both individuals.

No, they haven’t been convicted yet, but handing out Bibles on a public sidewalk isn’t something that should even be a gray area. What about Salvation Army open air meetings, that have been going on (less so recently) for over 100 years? Handing out Bibles is surely less an issue, but what’s different is the culture of today with so little real understanding of freedom of religion. Today, being religious while within earshot of a school is grounds for arrest.

The Left will tell you that God hasn’t been taken out of school; kids can still pray (unobtrusively,silently) if they want. Perhaps, but I have a feeling that if God did show up at a school, He’d be in a holding cell in short order.

Hat tip to WorldNetDaily for the scoop and further details.

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