Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Residents Support Ban on Preaching in Streets

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Residents Support Ban on Preaching in Streets

Article excerpt

A self-styled pastor who has been denied a permit to preach on the streets of Ipswich says the council is impinging on his right to freedom of speech, adding: "You shouldn't need a licence to preach the word of God." What do you think?

I SEE no problem with him doing this, as long as those who don't have the same views can 'preach' about atheism, etc at the same spot.

DAVID MOLON-LABE NIELSEN

CAN you stop issuing permits to charities to harass us outside of shopping centre doors as well then - I equally dislike both experiences - if I was religious I would go to church just as if I wanted to donate to charity I would contact them.

PEACHE ECONOMIDIS

I DISLIKE people who preach at others. I may not go to Church or believe a word of the bible but I treat people better than those who look down their noses in judgement, and I'm nice because I want to be, not to please a fictional person. I believe in spirituality but I don't feel the need to 'educate' everyone. Ugh. Give me a break. Thank you council, for saying no.

LISA CARLILE PARKES

I SAY keep it in the church or your own home. Not everyone believes in God.

TASH KEMP

IF HE gets to do it then by fair game I should be allowed to be on the opposite side of the road preaching about how there isn't a God. I'm sure he would not want me there.

JACK LFSU ROBINSON

AND while you're at it ICC ban all these election idiots on the sides of roads, outside shops, etc!

BELINDA THATS-ME

I'M THINKING it is religion that got us all in this mess in the first place way back when. Charge them heaps, none of them pay taxes anyways, which also sucks.

ROB SCARCELLA

PEOPLE have the right to walk through the mall without being preached at, it's bad enough that we have them knocking on our doors at home. Why don't they understand that if we want to hear it we'll go to a church. ANDREA CLARKIN

IF KIDS need a licence to sell lemonade on the footpath, then this man needs a licence to sell this too. …

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