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Georgia judge rules that’s it’s OK to flip a bird at a pastor

Georgia judge rules that’s it’s OK to flip a bird at a pastor

Back in 2014, David Justin Freeman, above, was found guilty of disorderly conduct after he raised his middle finger at a pastor inside a church and shouted about Satan’s influence over public schools.

But this week Justice Harold Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the conviction, and ruled that Freeman was simply exercising his right to free speech  under the First Amendment.

The judge wrote:

Freeman raised his middle finger as a form of protest, and there is no evidence that Freeman engaged in additional threatening conduct that would have elevated his raised middle finger to the level of conveying ‘fighting words’ or a ‘true threat’.

The evidence reveals that he stared angrily at Pastor Berry and did nothing more while he raised his middle finger in silence from the back of the church.

The judge noted in his ruling that Freeman was attending service at 12Stone Church August 2014 when Pastor Jason Berry asked any present teachers to stand up so that the congregation can pray for them.

Freeman, who home schools, raised his middle finger in the air, and shouted:

Don’t send your kids to the evil public schools. Don’t let Satan or the devil raise your kids.

Berry followed Freeman after the incident and said that the two should have a conversation, rather than Freeman shouting during the service. The man told the pastor that he should be ashamed of himself, however, and left the church with his family.

Melton noted that none of the screaming and shouting was aimed directly at Berry.

The evidence reveals that Freeman only began screaming and shouting at no one in particular as the congregants were leaving the sanctuary after the church service had ended.
He called Freeman’s raised middle finger gesture “a constitutionally protected expression”, affirming that the man’s conviction:

Must be reversed and he cannot be re-tried on the disorderly conduct charge.

Conservatives have warned about the dangers of Christian parents sending their children to public schools on a number of occasions.

Julie Roys, above, a talk show host on the Moody Radio Network, idiotically wrote in an op-ed in The Christian Post in March 2016 that public schools are “religious institutions”:

Would you send your children to a Muslim school? I have yet to find a Christian parent who says yes to that question – and the reason is obvious. We don’t want our kids indoctrinated into Islam. We want them to become Christians.

Yet, currently in the United States, 84% of Christian parents send their children to schools teaching an alternate religion. These schools may be billed as religiously neutral, but make no mistake: public schools are religious institutions, enthusiastically promoting the religion of secular humanism.

Now, I realize that may sound extreme or fundamentalist. But trust me, I’m not making this up.

Roys explained that her husband has been visiting a comparative religions class at his school to explain Christianity for years. In his experience, public schools present evolution as an origin narrative, and humans are described as no different than animals.

She said of the teachings of secular schools.

The cause of suffering is socially-constructed rules that inhibit your freedom, especially your sexual freedom. And, the way to end suffering is to reject these rules, which typically stem from Christianity. So, in essence, salvation is found by rejecting Christianity.

16 responses to “Georgia judge rules that’s it’s OK to flip a bird at a pastor”

  1. andym says:

    “12Stone Church”

    There must be a joke there somewhere about the Diet Of Worms.

  2. Broga says:

    “12Stone Church”

    It would be interesting to know why it got that name. Makes a change from the names dripping with religion.

  3. Daz says:

    Unfortunately, the religion is as drippy as ever. From their website:

    “After God held back the flood-stage waters of the JORDAN RIVER, the children of Israel crossed over on dry ground into the PROMISED LAND. Once on the other side, one leader from each tribe took a stone from the middle of the river and stacked it on the shore. This twelve-stone memorial would REMIND future generations of the rescuing hand of God.”

  4. barriejohn says:

    Daz: Gilgal.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilgal

    Twelve stones were also supposed to have been placed IN the river.

  5. barriejohn says:

    I’m pleased to report that, like Noah’s Ark, Pharaoh’s chariots, the True Cross, Jesus’s foreskin, and Joseph’s nasal clippings, the twelve stones have been located:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2344455/posts

    Praise the Lord!

  6. Stephen Mynett says:

    Some of these church names are great, although only to those with no religion and a sense of humour.

    I think I will start offering spiritual help at my “Gert pile of empty bottles when will they give me a bigger recycle bin church.”

  7. barriejohn says:

    Stephen Mynett: Mine is going to be the International Universal National Healing Deliverance Temple Cathedral Tabernacle Mission Chapel Church. You have to get every word in that you can think of, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone has beaten me to it!

    There are some funny ones here, though I have to agree that the very best is Original Church of God, Number 2. They definitely don’t do irony, do they?

    http://www.ministrybestpractices.com/2011/08/humorous-church-names.html

  8. CoastalMaineBird says:

    barriejohn: What a coincidence ! My church is the International Universal National Healing Deliverance Temple Cathedral Tabernacle Mission Chapel Church and Bait Shop.

  9. Barry Duke says:

    @ CoastalMaineBird and BarrieJohn: Burn, heretics, burn! Your organisations splintered from the original Primitive International Universal National Healing Deliverance Temple Cathedral Tabernacle Mission Chapel Church. You will be consigned to the flames of hell and sodomised by hordes of unspeakably priapic demons!

  10. barriejohn says:

    Splitters!

  11. CoastalMaineBird says:

    trust me, I’m not making this up.
    Along with
    “I’m not a racist, but….”

    These are words never to be believed.

  12. AgentCormac says:

    ‘…public schools are religious institutions, enthusiastically promoting the religion of secular humanism.’

    Sigh. Just shows how little these hysterical eejits actually understand about a subject in which they profess to have all the answers.

  13. Vanity Unfair says:

    We don’t want our kids indoctrinated into Islam. We want them to become Christians.

    Did you notice the subtle change of verb there?

  14. Peterat says:

    CoastalMaineBird: what kind of bait?

  15. 1859 says:

    I want to be called Loretta…..and have babies.

  16. Robster says:

    Perhaps the 12Stone church facility was originally established to terrify folks who worked Sundays. Each congregant was offered a free pack of 12 (actual) stones in a leather tie pack with a wafer and tetra pack of liquid Jesus and set free to chase workers, like in the myth.