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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday sided with a provocative street preacher who sued Portland for violating his free speech rights.
Edward Gathright, who acknowledged that he upset women when he called them "Jezebels" and "daughters of Babylon," claimed that his rights were violated when he was tossed out of events at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Pioneer Courthouse Square.
A 9th Circuit panel agreed, saying the city gave groups that held events at city parks too much discretion to eject people, upholding a 2004 lower court ruling.
"Gathright may be a gadfly to those with views contrary to his own," the court wrote. "But First Amendment jurisprudence is clear that the way to oppose offensive speech is by more speech, not censorship, enforced silence or eviction from legitimately occupied public space."...
Pharisees are easy to spot. Let one say he left pride and now you should leave where you are at and come join him because he's in the right and you're in the wrong--how else could one be so full of pride as to say under those circumstances that he and his ancestors left it years ago?
Catholics should be on their guard not to accept everything that comes to them under the name of their doctrines. And, likewise, Calvinists should do the same. To everyone the Bible says to test ALL things and hold on to that which is good. Invariably what is good will always hinge on these two things: love God, and your neighbor as yourself.
Really now, some Catholics are saints in the highest degree whereas some Calvinists are surely saved as being snatched out of the fire if at all. It can also be said that some Calvinists are saints and some Catholics are barely saved if at all.
Let's add in a few Armenians who are saints and some Reformed who must in fact be false professors and vice versus. Then there are the Charismatics and the Cessasionists. God only knows some who are both and yet equally saved nonetheless.
The ones who can disagree and still show love and mercy to one another are no doubt those who are truly saved regardless of the name on their book of systematic theology.
Actually, G.G., most of my ancestors were either smart or elect by God, I hope it was latter reason, and left Satan's Pride and Joy at the Reformation. At the very least, it's the intelligent thing to do. As Mike Gendron says, come out of the Catholic Church!