Winter Park, FL: R.I.P., Free Speech

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Winter Park, FL:  R.I.P., Free Speech

Winter Park, FL kills Free Speech

Death is always a strange thing- the most somber of stages in the circle.  What caused the death?  Was it expected- or was it a tragic accident that stilled the dearly departed?

Here in Winter Park, Florida, there's no question what caused the death of our dearly departed Free Speech:  it was none other than the Winter Park City Commission.

As the article discusses, there were a number of folks who chose to exercise their Constitutionally-guaranteed right of free speech a month or so ago.  Funny thing, though- Winter Park has chosen to side with Jenna Tosh, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando rather versus that dusty ol' "U.S. Constitution" thing.

This is a decision that should shock the nation.  Our Constitution's Bill of Rights was drafted with an intent to protect the opinions of the minorities and their freedom to express them- with the premise that the majority needs no such protection.

In this troubling move, the Winter Park City Commission has chosen to forfeit the Constitutional rights of many in order to satisfy the desires of an individual who sees those rights as just a tad bit inconvenient for her.

Winter Park, FL:  R.I.P., Free Speech

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Hi again, Rob:  Thank you for your support, I surely appreciate it.  There's no doubt about it- I'm in a fight for this thing and I don't know how it'll turn out.  I'm just putting my faith- no pun intended- in the fact that enough folks that support me will vote and help get others to vote for me, as the folks that have chosen to send me hateful and disgusting emails will surely work against me.

September 27, 2012 05:08 AM
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The Awareness Campaign at Jenna Tosh's home was peaceful and in fact, more than half of the 28 who attended were women and children. If anyone wants to discern for themselves if the AC was peaceful or harassing, I invite them to watch a video I made of the event here:

My opinion is that she was upset because graphic images of aborted unborn children exposes abortion for being what it is -- the killing of an innocent child.

http://www.forerunner.com/blog/poor-baby-why-is-planned-parenthood-s-jenna-tosh-in-tears

The Casey Anthony case is an apt analogy. Casey was receiving death threats every day because she had been found guilty in the court of public opinion before she had the chance to go to trial. Then she was finally found "not guilty."

In the case of Planned Parenthood, we know they are the largest abortion provider in America. Some believe strongly that this is killing children and we ought to be able to peacefully voice that opinion even if the CEO of Planned Panrenthood finds it objectionable that we would come to her street to voice that opinion.

September 30, 2012 07:35 AM
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Hi, Jay:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment/contribution here.  As I mentioned above, I have yet to hear any valid accounts of wrongdoing on the part of any folks from your organization.  The only "wrong" is in Jenna Tosh's way of thinking, and in the way the City of Winter Park caved in to the wishes of this special interest group's head.  I find it rich how Tosh and others of her ilk will revel in their abilities to kill the unborn for as long as Roe/Wade remains settled law- yet wish to silence the voices of others choosing to exercise their Constitutional rights.

The City of Winter Park's apparent endorsement of Tosh's views- and how that all but renders the rights of those opposed to Tosh's agenda junior to her opinion is what's most unsettling.

Tosh's baseless (and quite possibly slanderous) "Just because there are some crazy people who might want to hurt my family...." quote is akin to those who have accused T.E.A. Party folks of racism over the past few years.  Her own psyche may be well-served by the quote, but those of us living in the real world are better served by the truth.

September 30, 2012 11:18 AM
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I wanted to update you on the status of our lawsuit against this unconstitutional lawsuit. It was dismissed, but in the process, Winter Park City Attorney argued that what is meant by "picketing" in the ordinance is very narrow. He said we can march up and down the street with signs targeting abortion and abortionists -- and even in the 50 foot buffer zone -- as long as we do not "stand" or "mill about" in front of the home. He also said we could "camp out" at the 51 foot line with signs that target Jenna Tosh or another such abortionist.

We have been back twice since the lawsuit was dismissed and each time the police were confused, but had apparently been instructed by the city attorney not to arrest us as long as we were not "loitering" in the buffer zone.

There is still a glitch concerning picketers inthe buffer zone that do not have signs specifically targeting a resident or a sign with a "neutral" message: (I Love PitBulls). They thought that those would be prohibited too since we are in the "buffer zone" -- not understanding that the ordinance has to be content neutral in order to be constitutional. They would then be making the determination on what is "targeting" based on an arbitrary judgment. That would not be content neutral.

So they are still playing a game with us.

See my YouTube channel for videos showing our conversations with the polcie both times.

http://youtube.com/jcr4runner

We are going back to the buffer zone on Aloma Ave in front  of the Tosh residence again this Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 9:40 am to test out this last glitch in the policemen's interpretation of the ordinance. Our hope is to be able to mount another challenge based on the threat of arrest -- or to simply win by having no threat.

See also updates on my website: http://forerunner.com/blog/blog.html

May 14, 2013 12:06 PM
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SORRY ... I wanted to update you on the status of our lawsuit against this unconstitutional ORDINANCE.

May 14, 2013 12:08 PM
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