An Arab-American Christian is fighting for his First Amendment
rights in Virginia.
Tony Ghareeb, a pastor with Jerusalem
Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia, has a passion for
sharing the gospel and tried to do so in a park during a Pakistan
Festival in late August. Nate Kellum, who heads the Center for Religious
Expression, explains what happened in the situation at the
"At this festival that takes place in this public park, Bull Run
Park, Ghareeb thought it was a perfect opportunity to go out there
and in a really benign way just share the gospel, where on a very
hot day he would share water bottles, DVDs about Jesus -- and for
anybody who was willing to talk about it, he would share the good
news of Jesus Christ," Kellum says.
Most people who stopped were receptive, but one person objected
to park officials who then told Ghareeb to leave.
"And of course [their demand] runs afoul of the First
Amendment," Kellum tells OneNewsNow. "The First Amendment protects
speech even though it may give offense, and indeed if it didn't,
there would be no need for the First Amendment in the first
The Center for Religious Expression has sent a letter to park
and county authorities explaining the constitution to them and
asking that they move to protect Ghareeb's constitutional rights --
in hopes that his free-speech rights will be recognized in time for
the same festival next August.
Illinois voters will be the judge when it comes to whether one
particular member of the bench keeps his position.