Saying, “Jesus is Lord” is hate speech?
The city of Colorado Springs apparently considers proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord to be hate speech. For three years, Charis Christian Center has been sponsoring ads on bus benches that read: “Jesus is Lord.” Recently, however, the city has informed Pastor Lawson Perdue that it will no longer allow the ads. The city transit agency said that if the name of Jesus is allowed on city benches, hate speech would have to be permitted as well.
Pastor Perdue is considering suing the city for violating the Free Speech Clause under the First Amendment. This issue is garnering national attention and a city spokeswomen has said the transit agency is reviewing its advertising policy as it relates to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. This is a critical moment to make our voices heard!
The city is already under pressure for their discriminatory policy against Christian speech. Now, with the weight of our signatures, we can demonstrate that the citizenry of Colorado believes in freedom of speech and demands that the city respect Charis Christian Center’s right to purchase advertisements that proclaim Jesus as Lord!
The Metro Mountain Transit’s recently issued statement says, “The City of Colorado Springs is carefully reviewing the advertising policies of Mountain Metro Transit in light of the advertising by Pastor Lawson Perdue of the Charis Christian Center. The City takes First Amendment issues very seriously, and strives to fully comply with Constitutional Law… Mountain Metro Transit recognizes that it acted hastily in asking Pastor Perdue to change his messaging. The city attorney’s office is working diligently to ensure that the advertising policies comply with the law. During this review, no action will be taken and Mountain Metro Transit will continue Pastor Perdue’s advertisement as they currently appear.”
Let’s use our power as citizens to urge the city to fully reverse their decision now. Charis Christian Center has been advertising on benches for three years, there is no reason to silence them now.
Together, as one unified voice, we can have an impact. Please sign this petition now and demand that the city transit agency respect freedom of speech for all members of the community. We cannot allow the City of Colorado Springs to equate proclaiming the name of Jesus to hate speech.