Religious Zealots downtown - should something be done?
Original post made by McPleasanton on Sep 7, 2009
With that said I still can't understand how the "lets scream at the top of our lungs in your face" tactic really achieves the groups goal. Perhaps they gauge success based on the number of individuals that "react" to their ridiculous screaming?
The police have no right to arrest the group it appears. I saw 4 police vehicles near the group, but no action was being taken. Total waste of police resources. This group is hurting businesses downtown including Tullys, Coldstone and all other business at Main/Angela. Not to mention the many farmers market vendors that left due to the protesters.
A few questions for you PW readers:
1) Have you been bothered by the protesters downtown? (yes, I understand this is their goal, but to what end and at what cost to local businesses?)
2) Do you feel the City should look into passing an oridnace requiring a permit to protest downtown over a certain decibel level? Similar to how restaurants are required to have music approved.
3) Would you be offended, as a downtown patron, if loud classical music / holiday music was played over the protesters loud shouting to try to drive them out of Pleasanton?
I am very interested in building some momentum behind one of these ideas. The easiest solution is the drowning out of the protesters with music. I would rather have my young kids hearing loud music rather than these religious zealots.