In my shopping mall there are signs in front of Trader Joe’s store that state that the shopper has a right to not be bothered by petitioners, poll takers, or anyone who wants to stop you and try to convert you to their way of thinking.
Trader Joe wants you to have a peaceful shopping experience.
On a central cross street in my little town, sometmes I notice people holding clip boards. They usually want passeres by to sign up to support various charities. I usually walk around them but do not even want to look at them, but there are rules of free speech that say they have a right to be there.
Well, how about my rights? Should I have to plan evasive maneuvers just to avoid street beggers and preachers?
Contrast my easy avoidance of the beggers, pollsters and petitioners to that of those women who are entering a Planned Parenthood office.
In the first place, it is nobodies right to know why anybody is entering a medical service building. What gives those noisy demonstrators lining the streets to the entrance the right to scream at a woman just walking by? What if a man was going into that same building? Would he get screamed at?
One demonstrator claims that she only wants to have the right to walk beside a woman entering Planned Parenthood to “talk quietly” to her about her plans to get an abortion. The court has set boundries in this instance, and the zealots want to change those boundries so they can get closer to the woman to harrass her more forcefully than screaming at her.
Does this mean we should fear that walking in public will be subject to court rules? Where are my rights to peace and quiet?
Does it take a court order to enforce Trader Joe’s rules?