This case was recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Jehovah’s Witnesses filed suit against the Village of Stratton (Ohio) and its Mayor alleging that the Village’s requirement (a group of ordinances) that door-to-door canvassers are required to fill out a permit/application before being allowed to solicit on private property deprives the Witnesses of their First Amendment right to free speech. Chief Justice Rehnquist issued this dissent which is of interest to champions of First Amendment rights.
To the residents of Stratton Village, I say, just don’t open the door. Actually, having been a Witness for some number of years when I was a young teen, I have the perfect retort when they come knocking at my door. I simply tell them that I used to be one. (There’s nothing they can say about that, I once was a member and now am not; kinda like “been there, done that.”)
It’s not as if they are busting your door down, hog-tying you and reading the Bible to you. I’d hate to see the courts slowly but surely taking away one right or freedom, then another, and another. Like an offensive movie, television program, or book: If you don’t like it, don’t read it or look at it. If you want laws to censor materials you don’t want your children to see, read or hear, then you better get busy and do your job as a parent to instill those values in your child so that he won’t be influenced by every nickel and dime, fly by night rapper that graces the MTV screen.