This Creepy Guy Wants To Harass Your Children About Jesus, And He’s Willing To Sue If He Can’t (VIDEO)

Screenshot of Daryl Banther

Screenshot of Daryl Banther

A man in Georgia is threatening to sue if he isn’t allowed to approach and harass other people’s’ children about Jesus in an attempt to indoctrinate them.

During an annual event called “1890s Day Jamboree” in Ringgold, Georgia, obsessed Christian, Daryl Banther, along with his eight-year-old son, approached the children of complete strangers in the parking lot to talk to them about Jesus, handing them religious pamphlets and questionnaires. Concerned and understandably angry parents called police to make the harassment stop and officials did just that. Now Banther, who isn’t even a resident of the town, is threatening to take legal action if city officials don’t allow him to continue targeting children whether their parents like it or not.

“They were all harassing me because I have a constitutional right to do what I was doing,” Banther told WTVC-TV. “If I’m anything else, I have rights, but as a Christian, we have rights no more. They’re taking all the Christian rights away and I’m going to stand for what’s right this time.”

Here’s the video:

City officials say they stopped Banther because, unlike other participants at the local event, he didn’t have “prior approval,” or “a booth to operate the activity” he was doing. In other words, he was some strange and creepy guy stopping kids in a parking lot, which to most parents, is the kind of thing a child molester, pedophile, or kidnapper would do. Parents had every right to be concerned and police did their job by stopping him.

Banther claims it is his constitutional right to “do what I was doing” on behalf of his religion, but no such right exists in the Constitution. People have the right to exercise their religion, which means people are free to practice their religion in their church or home, but people also have the right to be free from religion…  and they certainly have the right to stop some creepy guy from harassing their kids. Despite what Banther says, there is no war against Christianity and such claims become comic fodder for shows such as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

In 2005, Stewart lampooned Christian extremists for the very same claim.

“Yes, the long war on Christianity,” Stewart said sarcastically. “I pray that one day we may live in an America where Christians can worship freely! In broad daylight! Openly wearing the symbols of their religion…and maybe – dare I dream of it – maybe one day there can be an openly Christian president. Or 43 of them. Consecutively.”

Here’s that video:

Stewart mocked Christians in that fashion because they do worship freely and are able to wear religious symbols, and yes, have been President of the United States. In no way are Christians being oppressed in this country. In reality, the real oppressors are Christian extremists who want to force everyone to believe as they do. In this effort, the Christian Right and the GOP are trying to force Christianity into public schools, additionally wanting schools to teach creationism as real science. These same Christians also want a state religion, which is unconstitutional, and seek to persecute others based on their interpretation of the Bible. Minorities, women, homosexuals, atheists, and those who practice other religions have all been persecuted or discriminated against by Christian extremists under the guise of religious liberty. It’s wrong, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s anti-American. The First Amendment doesn’t just apply to Christians. It applies to everyone.

Freedom of religion doesn’t give anyone the right to force their beliefs on others and it certainly doesn’t give creepy men the green light to approach and harass kids in a parking lot against the wills of their parents.