Disturbing the Peace

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Thank you for Dave Anderson’s Guest Commentary. A peaceful day on the beach was ruined by a “bullhorn evangelist” who railed against the Jewish, Catholics, and homosexuals. He is entitled to his opinion but not at a volume that prevented my wife and I from enjoying a quiet conversation. Failure to act by code enforcement or police personnel was incorrect, in my opinion. It seems reasonable to me that disturbing the peace is an easy place to start. My peace was certainly disturbed. To be clear, the bullhorn evangelist and his followers had a right to be on the beach and to speak. But, the first amendment says freedom of speech, not freedom of hollering or using a bullhorn. If I had a boombox playing music at that volume I am sure I would have been told to turn it down.

 

Doug Sorenson
Warren, MN