Friday, March 22, 2013

Jehovah's Witnesses In Puerto Rico Get Access To Locked Neighborhoods

A Puerto Rico federal district court, in a case on remand from the 1st Circuit (see prior posting), has ordered neighborhood homeowners' associations (urbanizations) that allow entry into the neighborhood only through an unmanned locked gate operated by a key, access code or beeper to provide Jehovah's Witnesses who wish to proselytize in the neighborhood access equal to that of residents.  In Watchtower Bible Tract Society of New York, Inc.v. Rodriguez, (D PR, March 21, 2013), the court said that this remedy prevents Jehovah's Witnesses' free exercise and expression rights from being limited by any time, place or manner restrictions. The court refused to decide at this time which urbanizations are legitimately using unmanned gates, saying that municipalities should first make that determination. Politics 365 reports on the decision.


Danny Haszard said...

No trespassing postings DO apply to Jehovah's Witnesses.

One of the reasons for paying extra to live in a gated community is to isolate yourself from things that might bother you. People coming to your door whether to sell merchandise, politics or religion can be a bother. I have my beliefs, you have yours. If you find it necessary to reinforce your own beliefs by forcing them on me, maybe you're not so sure of them. Maybe your beliefs require you to recruit others or spread the word. Some people just don't want to be pressured into believing something.
Danny Haszard

BubbaRich said...

Danny, I'm actually against that policy you present. Ideas need to be open in the public marketplace of ideas. The more openly we discuss and debate religion and social mores, the more likely we are to find better solutions as a community, and the less likely we are to have large pockets of completely anti-rational unreasonable ideas.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Your, or anyone else's rights stop at the edge of my property. No one has a right to come on MY land or knock on MY door against my wishes with the sole purpose of annoying me. Freedom of religion, press, speech and assembly do not exist on my property. My property is an absolute monarchy. And with apologies to Louis XIV on my property the rule is "L'Etat, c'est moi."