In another sign that the American government is moving in the direction of the oppressive governments of Europe, city officials in Virginia began exerting legal pressure on a local church because they were putting up anti-abortion signs. In England churches and citizens can be fined/imprisoned for saying/writing things that the government deems offensive… like speaking out against abortion or homosexuality. Many observers believe it is only a matter of time before the USA begins imposing similar restrictions on speech and Christians/conservatives will likely be the first to suffer the consequences.
City officials threatened a Virginia church with misdemeanor charges for having pro-life signs on their own property. Who needs ISIS when you’ve got government bureaucrats?
Some people think the 1st Amendment is about protecting popular and politically correct speech. But such things don’t need protection. The 1st Amendment has to do with protecting controversial speech.
The issue of abortion is obviously controversial, but because murdering unborn babies is socially and culturally acceptable, voicing an opinion in favor of it doesn’t really need protection. What needs protection is voicing an opinion in opposition to it.
Government bureaucrats sent a letter to Valley Church of Christ in Virginia, notifying them that someone had complained about a couple of pro-life signs posted outside the church. Officials told them that they had 10 days to remove the signs or face criminal charges. The attorney representing the church said that the charges could result in thousands of dollars in fines and up to a year in prison.
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