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Friday, March 07, 2008

Street preachers rile up Mystic

Interesting issues here:

Last Saturday, one of the preachers, a polite young man from the Victory Bible Baptist Church in Ledyard, 18-year-old Jayson Hill, was issued a $103 ticket by Stonington police, accused of creating a public disturbance.

I was there when police wrote Hill the ticket, and it was a remarkably subdued and, yes, quiet confrontation. Hill and a companion preacher lingered afterwards, still holding big signs suggesting the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

Hill stopped preaching that afternoon, but he said he would plead not guilty to the ticket, hire a lawyer if necessary and return.

“We have the right to do what we are doing,” said Hill, who lives in Ledyard and works as a construction laborer. “This is America. We have the freedom to do this. We are spreading the Gospel. We are not going to whisper.”

More here at the Day, and here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I AM AN EVANGELIST TOO. WORK FOR THE PHONE COMPANY HERE IN NEW JERSEY AND DURING THE DAY, I HAVE BEEN GOING TO ALLENTOWN AND EASTON PENNSLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY TOO. BEEN INVOLED IN THE OUTDOOR PREACHING MINISTRY IN MANHATTAN. I USED TO LIVE IN SUFFIELD, CT; LOOK FORWARD TO BE COMING UP THERE SOON. MIKE CIALONE michaelcialone@yahoo.com