The city of Falls Church, Virginia, is changing its tune after telling pro-life protestors that they couldn’t sing Christmas carols during their protest outside an abortion clinic.
While the group sang "Silent Night" during a recent protest, two police officers told the protestors that "the signing violates our ordinance."
One of the carolers caught the conversation with police officers on tape:
According to the city’s noise ordinance:
It shall be unlawful for any person to yell, shout, talk loudly, whistle or sing on any public street or private property in the city at anytime, so as to cause a noise disturbance.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a law firm that represents religious liberty cases, sent a letter Monday to the Falls Church Police Department telling them that “no city ordinance can trump the First Amendment” and that the protesters have a constitutionally protected right to free speech.
After receiving the letter from ADF, the city changed course and now allowing the caroling.
“No one should try to shut down Christmas carols on a public sidewalk, and we’re pleased that that city has changed its tune and says it won’t do that again,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Matt Bowman said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the carolers will be able to exercise their constitutionally protected freedom to sing tomorrow as planned.”
TheBlaze has previously reported that some pro-life groups use carols such as “Silent Night” and “What Child Is This?” to protest abortion during the Christmas season.
Now that the city has changed course, it won’t be a “Silent Night” at the abortion clinic. According to CNS News, the protestors plan to resume their caroling outside of the facility.
(H/T CNS News)
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