Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Jews for Jesus Lawsuit

Jews for Jesus are suing the city of Pontiac, Michigan for preventing them from distributing pamphlets at the Arts, Beats and Eats festival over the Labor Day weekend.  The group which is officially "Congregation Schema Yis-Rael of Bloomfield Township," filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court for Detroit, charging Pontiac police used its authority to violate the group’s First Amendment rights."  According to the Oakland Press, the group was standing on the corner of Saginaw and Water streets and were approached by the Police Chief Valard Gross, and Captain Robert Miller who informed the group that they could not pass out pamphlets because the festival organizers did not want patrons hassled.  

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  1. I've always found this group to be kind of an oxymoron--originally, "Jews for Jesus" just meant "Christians." Hmm.

    I guess they should let them pass out their stuff so we can all find out why they exist...

  2. Or redundant. BTW, pal of mine built a law practice on just such first amendment issues. Speaking in aphorisms, the cure for offensive speech is more speech.

  3. I am a relatively observant Jew. Jews who believed in Jesus's 'divine origin' became, over time, Christians. Jews who did not remained Jews. Jews for Jesus and other 'Messianic' Jews are not Jews, but, more often than not, evangelical-style Christians masquerading as Jews.

  4. Thank you, for your insight and post.

    The "Super Lawyer" who shares her residence with the Bad Lawyer is an Episcopalian (Yuppie Catholic,) and a follower of Rabbi Berg and the Kabbalah Center. She celebrates every available religious and secular holiday.