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LOST LIBERTIES: Preaching Outside the Courts, Court Case

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This is the final ruling concerning Living Waters ministries on the status of the lawsuit that Ray Comfort brought against a judge who ordered him to stop preaching in front of the Bellflower court house:

For two and a half years we preached the gospel each morning to a line of people who were waiting to enter the Bellflower courts. On September 30th, 2005 a California judge issued us with a court order forbidding the preaching, even though it was on public soil. We were always extremely courteous, there were few complaints, and during that time more than 30,000 people heard the gospel. Our lawyers were confident that we would win the case, but the judge then changed the law so that the area where we preached was no longer public property, but was now considered court property. End of case.

This means that we can no longer speak there. Our lawyers were able to restrict their authority so that it didn’t include the sidewalk; however, at our court house in Bellflower the distance from the sidewalk to the waiting people would have us hollering over the equivalent of half a city block. So, we will not be preaching at our local courts any longer.

The good news is that this law, changed by the judge here in California, only affects the courthouses in Los Angeles County. If you live elsewhere in the U.S., you still have the right to speak on the public soil outside your local courts. During the last 30 days we spoke at our courthouse, Scotty (our sound man) recorded the preaching. These recordings are available in a CD series called “Springboards for Budding Preachers,”which also includes transcripts.
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  1. You know, I know it’s going to be interpreted as law, but technically the judge usurped authority that doesn’t belong to him in declaring those areas out of bounds. Lost liberties is correct….

  2. You ain’t seen the half of it, Robert! Until you start witnessing using the Law, you haven’t lived. people don’t like to be reminded that they are under God’s wrath!

  3. Oh crap, I didn’t know it was so easy to change a law like that! I wonder if it was totally legal. Oh well, there are still about a million other places to witness, it’s not as if we are lacking…especially here in So. Cal, where our cities are overloaded with people of all backgrounds.

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