Friday, June 26, 2020

Elderly Blind Woman Banned From park For Handing Out Christian Pamphlets

              An elderly blind visually-challenged woman has been banished from a public park and library in Rhode Island for the crime of handing out Christian pamphlets to fellow park goers. Officials of the Memorial and Library Association have forbidden Gail Blair from entering Wilcox Park and Westerly Library for two years. Association members called the police on Blair after noticing that she would sometimes stop and chat with patrons and offer them a copy of the Gospel of John.

              Blair, represented by First Liberty Institute and attorney William Wray Jr., recently filed a discrimination complaint with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights against the library association. She says she was unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of her disability and religious beliefs. She noted: “The Police Department searched for all incidents that involved complaints or trespass notices issued to anyone for distributing information, pamphlets, soliciting, selling, hawking, etc., and found none apart from when the Association called the police to eject me from the park. My conduct did not violate the ‘Rules of Conduct’ posted by Westerly Library and Wilcox Park. Nor did it violate any of the Park’s Guidelines.” Blair lives next to the park and says she "cannot independently access another public park or another free public library."

              What are progressives going to do when there are no police officers to save them from the threat of disabled ladies passing out Christian literature? Be careful what you ask for.

              In one sense, Blair had it coming. Had she just been tearing down statues in the park or burning and looting the library she would never have gotten herself in trouble. In fact, she would have garnered support from most of humanity. Celebrities would have lauded her. But tolerance can only go so far. She still has time to repent, though, if she would just start spray-painting “Black Lives Matter” on everything she comes across.

              The Gospel of John states: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

              Maybe not. But the light grows dimmer, the darkness ever closer.

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