…in public places versus the First Amendment Rights?

The Chicago Tribune article titled, City ban on evangelizing by the Bean put on trial, reported the lawsuit by Wheaton College students being banned from gathering signatures in a public place.

The Purpose of This Post

Is to question the difference between the above three words in relation to the First Amendment Rights of freedom of religion and free speech.

Definitions – Merriam Webster


1: the act of becoming or condition of being a proselyte : CONVERSION

2: the act or process of proselytizing

Examples of proselytism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whether the converts are repulsed by the violent forms Islam has taken in places like Syria and Afghanistan or are backing up their claims for asylum, the conversions occur quietly and rarely as a result of proselytism.


1: the winning or revival of personal commitments to Christ

2: militant or crusading zeal

Examples of evangelism in a Sentence

 The group has also been doing door-to-door evangelism, Killian said.


1: the action of calling something to the attention of the public especially by paid announcements

Recent Examples on the Web

Drops in circulation will result in lower advertising revenues, leading to reductions in staff for an industry that has already suffered devastating layoffs.

King Solomon

 Proverbs 1-9 New International Version (NIV)

Purpose and Theme

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
    doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,[a]
    knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles of the wise.[b]

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools[c] despise wisdom and instruction.

What’s My Point?

The Chicago Tribune article use two words, proselytism and evangelism which appear to be two different definitions of the lawsuit.

My point is to wonder how any court in the USA can make a decision on this matter when the Supreme Court or Congress has never provided a legal definition of the word religion.

In My Opinion

This lawsuit should be of concern to all believers of any religious faith.

When I visit this area in Chicago, there are different occasions when various booths are set up to advertise products.

Frankly, all three words are different forms of advertising, in my opinion.

And of all the products most needed in Chicago in relation to the gun violence, what is needed most is some old time religious teaching and school vouchers to affect the present violent culture in relation to the Ten Commandments, Especially “Thou shalt not Kill,” “Thou shall not covet the neighbors goods,” and Wisdom Proverbs.

If Interested

Read the article in the Source Link below and various previous posts on Chicago Violence, School Vouchers, and the Supreme Court.

You Decide

If you were the judge on this lawsuit, how would you judge this matter.

Do you believe whatever is ruled may wind up in appeals all the way to SCOTUS?

Regards and goodwill blogging.

Source Links

Chicago Tribune


What is the Difference between Evangelizing and proselytizing?


Previous Posts

Chicago Violence


School Vouchers


Supreme Court


Old Time Religion