Edmonton Street Preachers May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

UPDATE — Here is an example of one street preacher right here in Edmonton, posted to YouTube just a couple of days ago:


We’ve all seen them. We’ve all heard them. The street preachers that prop themselves on small wooden boxes, and preach about their preferred religion; in most cases, Christianity. They’re there more often than not, usually around the City Centre, Churchill Square and Whyte Avenue areas of Edmonton.

Many Edmontonians have complained about these preachers and their abuse of free speech due to excessive volume. Their preaching being excessive and/or annoying, and quite honestly, I tend to agree. I’m all for freedom of speech and freedom of choice of religion, but propping yourself on a box with a megaphone and broadcasting your religion to the tens of thousands of pedestrians and motorists that roam past these areas every week is taking things a little too far.

City council has listened to the many complaints that have been made about these preachers, and has looked into the issue a little further.

In response to a request Coun. Michael Osry raised earlier this year, city staff studied other cities where different rules are in place for limiting public disturbance from amplified street preachers and others in the public realm.Metro News

It has become apparent that a new bylaw does not need to be created to effectively rid the streets of these preachers and demonstrators for being too excessive in volume. In fact, bylaw enforcement officers can issue these people a ticket if they simply feel they are being too loud.

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It is being said that it is quite possible officers will be checking on these frequented areas regularly to begin enforcing these laws. It is being said they will begin enforcing this because they realize it has been, and will continue to be an issue.

To be frank, religion can’t be learned on a city’s street corner in a matter of minutes, and so with that, I tend to agree that these street preachers do need to come to an end.

via Metro News

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  • April 26, 2016 at 5:15 PM
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    I just wanted to say that if there are no street preachers, then who will share Gods word with you so that you will receive salvation and not go to hell when you die, that’s the bottom line, and I am sorry to say, that is for real. God tells us in Mark 16:15-16, And He said to them, ” Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”, He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved, but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

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    • April 27, 2016 at 7:44 AM
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      I believe its called church. Thanks but no thanks.

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    • April 27, 2016 at 8:47 AM
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      There are many other places that one can learn about religion. A street corner isn’t a preferred location. People are walking by to get somewhere. Hearing 30 seconds of preaching simply doesn’t work.

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    • April 27, 2016 at 9:50 AM
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      God is pretty pitiful if he relies upon losers like that to spread his message. You’d think someone who was omnipotent would have better taste.

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  • April 27, 2016 at 11:12 AM
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    Hi Ruth,

    Eat a bag of dinks, you dink.

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    • May 3, 2016 at 9:26 AM
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      Hi Gord, now that was a well thought out intellectual statement. You must have spent quite a bit of time coming up with that one…

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  • July 29, 2016 at 1:06 AM
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    Look the city should focus more of its effort for example, providing the homelessness a home. Not on like condemning religious attempts for people to know the gospel. There’s plenty of bureaucratic stuff going on that is just obscene, like undisclosed housing.

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  • April 30, 2016 at 11:02 PM
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    Ruth, I’m not religious, but even I know that the bible can’t be summarized in a few lines of hateful, judgemental screaming. Jesus never had a megaphone, nor did he need one. If Mr. Megaphone really wanted to convert people, he’d be doing it how Jesus did and reaching out to them through kindness, but instead he’s spewing hate and bigotry. He’s not trying to save souls, he’s after attention.

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