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This week, everydayhchristian.com has reported on an erosion of Freedom of Religion in the most unlikely of places, Texas, USA. Jose Muniz was in the public square, so to speak, reading the bible out loud. Alamo City, San Antonio Police responded to the Word being read in public by placing Jose Muniz in jail for 16 hours.
After he was released, the Alamo City, San Antonio police cited Jose Muniz for “peddling without a license”. If we follow this logic, then the moment you open your mouth to share the good news of Christ to someone in a ‘public’ venue, you will be arrested for not having a sales license. What government office issues these permits to ‘sell’ God? Here is an excerpt from the startling story.
Christians Persecuted By Police For Sharing Christ On American Streets
By Karyn Brownlee | BrighterWalk.com
We might expect a man to be arrested for sharing his faith in Christ on the streets of Afghanistan or Somalia , or even in left-leaning California, but in Texas? This is exactly the threat facing Christians in the Alamo City of San Antonio, Texas.According to Liberty Institute, San Antonio Police arrested Todd Leibovitz, a recent Bible college graduate, for sharing his faith on a public sidewalk. Leibovitz was jailed for 16 hours and cited for peddling without a license.
“This is America. No citizen should be threatened for engaging in free speech in public,” said Kelly Shackelford, the President and CEO of Liberty Institute. “This was a flagrant violation of the Constitution.” The charges were eventually dropped for Leibovitz, but this is not an isolated case of Christian persecution in this historically Catholic city.
San Antonio Police also threatened on multiple occasions to arrest Jose Muniz, a full-time minister with Jesus Crew Street Ministries, for handing out Bible tracts and sharing his faith with people in the public square. Police claimed he was in violation of Section 21-4 of the city municipal code, an ordinance which prohibits handbills to be issued in public areas for commercial or business interests. But the ordinance specifically states that it is “not intended to prevent the lawful distribution of anything other than commercial and business advertising.” A Gospel tract peddles Jesus, not a business or commercial entity.