Archive for Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wichita pastor told to stay away from Islam center

September 3, 2011


— A Wichita pastor who preaches against Islam has been ordered to stay 1,000 feet away from the Islamic Society of Wichita after he was arrested while distributing Bibles in front of the center.

Mark Holick, pastor of Spirit One Christian Ministry, was also ordered Thursday to serve a year of unsupervised probation and pay a $300 fine for loitering and disrupting a business.

Holick was arrested in front of the society in August 2010 while he and a dozen followers handed out Bibles, The Wichita Eagle reported. Police said they arrested Holick after he ignored a request to move to a public sidewalk.

“The only reason you were the one arrested is because you were the only one who disobeyed the police orders,” Sedgwick County District Judge Phil Journey told Holick.

Holick was found guilty last month in Wichita Municipal Court on two counts of loitering and disrupting a local business. The case moved to county court after he appealed that conviction.

During Thursday’s hearing, Holick quoted Bible verses and accused the city of violating his First Amendment rights.

“Wichita is confused,” Holick said. “I am not your enemy. Islam is. The Lord said there will be no other gods before me.”

Journey told Holick that the First Amendment protected his right to express his religious beliefs but also allowed laws to regulate how he practices his faith.

“I want you to think about this,” Journey said. “What if the shoe had been on the other foot and someone from the Islamic Center had come to your place and tried to convert your members and had blocked your driveway?”

Spirit One has been a street and online ministry since a month after his arrest, Holick said, when he sold his building in south Wichita to another church.

The judge also reminded Holick that the Constitution protects people of all faiths, not just Holick’s.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 7 months ago

I have an idea.

We need a new holiday, and the name for it should be 'National Intolerance Day'!

And we can celebrate it by sending roses to everyone we hate, and hope they get pricked by the thorns.

Liberty275 6 years, 7 months ago

I'll defend, to the end, the rights of you believers of the god-lie to spread your words, but you have to stay off private property without permission of the owner. Keep your hate on the sidewalk where it belongs!

Actually, that goes for all of you sign-toting wasters of space and time.

And mormons, next time you come to my house, be prepared to explain the whole magic underwear thing.

beatrice 6 years, 7 months ago

I absolutely agree.

One thing good about atheists is that we don't go door to door asking people not to believe in a sky god.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 7 months ago

There are Evangelical Atheists, and I know that for a fact.

As well as a few more facts too, but I'll leave those out of this discussion.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 7 months ago

The WBC is always very careful to stay within the letter of the law.

As for the spirit of the law, that is a totally different matter.

Mike Ford 6 years, 7 months ago

gee, his god must be better than theirs...again religion is one of the main reasons people are killed over perceived violence.....

Liberty275 6 years, 7 months ago

Really? Explain that to the 10s of millions of eastern blok citizens killed by the communist/marxist (and by definition atheist) governments under stalin et al. They were overwhelmingly killed for political dissension, not religion.

Did you learn any history in school besides that of Native Americans?

Now this:

"In the process of that research, I discovered that governments have murdered millions of their own citizens, and that in some cases, the death toll may have actually exceeded that of World War II. To get some idea of the numbers involved, I surveyed the extent of genocide and mass killing by governments since 1900. The results were shocking: according to these first figures, independent of war and other kinds of conflict, governments probably have murdered 119,400,000 people, Marxist governments about 95,200,000 of them. By comparison, the battle-killed in all foreign and domestic wars in this century total 35,700,000."

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