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Former Police Officer Arrested After Handing Out Religious Material at Monmouth Mall

The retired Long Branch police officer was charged with trespassing, according to the Christian News Network.

A former Long Branch police officer was arrested at the Monmouth Mall and charged with trespassing this past week after security asked him to stop handing out religious materials, according to a story on the Christian News Network.

The report states that David Wells, a retired Long Branch Police corporal, told officers he had right to distribute materials at the mall and has done so over the past year. Security told him he must leave because the mall is privately owned.

Wells pleaded not guilty in municipal court on Nov. 9 and will face trial on Dec. 5., according to the article. 

Peter W Bennett November 11, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Wake up America. This is nothing new. There are three sides to the story, i.e., plaintiff, defendant and the truth, and the truth will set You free. I would like to hear more before providing my opinion. Psst. David! Are you listening? Please provide your side of the story. -Signed-A Believer
john flansburg November 11, 2013 at 07:25 PM
religious beliefs aside, state courts have ruled malls as an acceptable public venue for this sort of activity. regardless of your personal beliefs this is what free speech is. he has every right to do this and you have every right to tell him to get lost. people tend to flaunt their constitutional rights until religion gets involved and then it all goes out the window. democracy and free speech doesn't mean everyone's going to agree with your agenda.
a jacob November 11, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Persecution for freedom of speech and expression of religion??? What in the world is it coming to?? If this isn't Communist what is??
Fred M November 11, 2013 at 08:15 PM
The malls now are becoming busy due to a Religious beliefs. People are spending money at the Mall because of the Religious holidays? I will no longer shop at that Mall because they don't recognize why people are shopping there. It's because of the Birth of Christ. I will honor them since they stated the Mall is private property. I won't trespass.
Fred M November 11, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Why do people get Crazy when it comes to religion? I can't wait for Jesus to come back and finally have his say.
John Mathias November 11, 2013 at 08:35 PM
The idea that Christians are being persecuted in America is hilarious. Call it a hunch, but I don't think you have anything to worry about.
Sal November 12, 2013 at 08:04 AM
If the Mall owner allows Christians to hand out literature ___ then the Mall owner has to allow Every religious group to hand out religious material at his mall. Do you want copies of the Koran or Sharia Law being handed out in the Mall also???? The Mall owner has to treat everyone equally and not show favoritism or he would open himself up to law suits.
Jennifer November 12, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Actually, I don't like getting pamphleted by anyone in a mall. - kitchen magic comes to mind. But as regards the Monmouth mall specifically, as a catholic, I have found the holiday displays to be very interesting. There is a Christmas tree and Santa, with no explanation whatsoever, and then a largish menorah and a detailed display explaining the religious symbolism and the meaning of the Jewish Holiday. It is sponsored by Fortunoff, which is not located I. The mall, but is across the street. I have been a little tiffed at the strictly secular depiction of Christmas, but I didn't think of it as a conspiracy. I wondered if no one had volunteered to sponsor a similar display.
Bob English November 12, 2013 at 09:56 PM
http://longbranch.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/eatontown-police-say-man-distributing-religious-materials-at-mall-was-given-chance-to-solicit-elsewhere
PBennett November 16, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Hosea 4:6 King James Version (KJV) 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
Peter W Bennett November 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
L Gaglio November 17, 2013 at 07:47 AM
I'm glad to hear that many of you will not be going to the mall any longer. Because as a catholic I'm tired of being harassed by people who have switched their religions to a belief system, because of some event in their life that they couldn't deal with, asking me to talk or to stop by their church. The rules apply to all. Stop being hypocrics and talking about the end of the world already.
George Murphy November 17, 2013 at 08:12 AM
I have to get going here, but I'll be back later, and, do I have much to say !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fred A. Blumberg November 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Perhaps if the man had signed a lease with mall mgt. prior to his disbursement of materials, this wouldnt have happened? I don t want him on my lawn leafleting W/O permission. Why is he a 'former' officer?
George Murphy November 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM
A policeman's position is to protect and serve. Now that he is retired, he has decided to continue to do just that: Protect and serve. He is serving the Lord, and protecting these counter-cultural imbeciles from their own folly. Enough a'ready - get out there, pass out Bibles, and tracts, let the word be lived and preached and forget the malcontents. The Mall being privately owned has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF EGGS IN VIENNA ON A WINDY DAY IN OCTOBER. It's about harassment of anything or, anyone who professes to be Christian. One day it shall come to pass. Read the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.
j r November 18, 2013 at 08:21 AM
Heard he was handing out K-2 !! Keep Christ in Anti-Christ!!!!
Fred A. Blumberg November 18, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Looks as if George is a Christian? Unfortunately we have laws about keeping lions these days....
George Murphy November 18, 2013 at 06:06 PM
FAB & j r - not sure what you gentlemen mean here, but I sense that it is not along my lines of thought. No one can "force" any religion upon another. If one does, then one violates the entire process of conversion, and, it is best to ignore and just keep walking away. If, however, one sets a good example and lives according to his or her principles, then we have something. It is each and every person's responsibility to seek and read the Word of God. However, it is a person's choice if he or she decide to cast it aside. There must not be any forcing of beliefs.
Jennifer November 18, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I'm catholic, but evangelizing makes me uncomfortable. I have reached an age where I have my own views, thank you, so could you please not bother me? And Fred, that comment was really bad. Lions?
George Murphy November 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Jennifer - I said exactly that. It makes me uncomfortable, too. You can see here that I am never in favor of one proselytizing. A person's spiritual walk is private and personal - between him / her, and God. The synagogue elite of Jesus' day were always questioning Him for associating with low-life types, per se. He would simply retort, "I came to heal the lost souls and not the righteous." One does not need to accept anything from this man if one chooses. But, he is there for the many who may need some support, guidance and consolation. All of you who oppose this are perfectly within your prerogative to do so; however, you had better start seeing the light before it's too late.
Fred A. Blumberg November 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM
George, did u ever sell real estate?
George Murphy November 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Hi Fred - To answer your question, no. In fact, I have never even bought any, I live a simple life style and have always rented. Besides, I do not think I could sell water in the desert for free.
Fred A. Blumberg November 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM
George u can sell whatever u want at watever price u ask, just have 2 have the need... I am a secular humanist and a firm believer in seperation of church n state, been trounced and stoned on several occasions... ya dont need 2 own 2 sell... just the will 2 survive. If I need or want a dose of good ole tyme gawd, I kno wher I can go, and it aint the Mall! this country is not persecutin christians, most all the laws are made by them, your ok with yer beliefs n Im ok by mine, dont want ne1 smakkin me on privit property wher i can feel secure... its jes the nature of livin in a civil respectin society!
George Murphy November 19, 2013 at 01:01 AM
I never said it was persecuting Christians. Others may feel that it is; but, I do not. I don't think you are an atheist because humanism and atheism are not always one in the same. I have nothing against anyone, except those who trounce and stone non-Christians. That sort of behavior is not only reprehensible, it is irresponsible, too. Any Christian who behaves in this manner is not a true believer. The lord never physically or verbally abused anyone. You're A-okay, Fred!
DivineMomentsOfTruth November 19, 2013 at 09:38 AM
I wrote a perfectly appropriate comment and days later it gets deleted? Why? Was one leftist-progressive-atheist upset I had 8 thumbs-up? 'Really Monmouth Mall? You have a good and decent man arrested? How about really being a 'do-gooder' and ban the kiosk salespeople who accost you with their shady sales pitches every time you walk past them. They make shopping Very unenjoyable. I rarely shop at Eatontown Mall and after this I doubt I ever will again. Merry Christmas!
Fred A. Blumberg November 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Kiosk operators sign a lease, pay rent, pay a cam fee, and a percentage of sales, they also carry INSURANCE. I agree they are annoying but thats SALES, and it is a B class mall, looking to create assets and protect them, the Mall itsef is a business venture, a large one, that needs to follow rules, if rules are broken one is asked to correct the behavior, it is a simple way to prevent chaos.
emerson.d.boozer November 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM
I think they should bring in a flock of Hari Krishnas from L.A.X. just to give perspective to these bible thumpers position. I applaud the man, better a Follower than a head cracker, never too late to see the light.
Dave Wells January 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM
We are finally here! Court is this week, THURSDAY, January 23rd, 2014. I covet the prayers of the saints! To God be the glory!
George Murphy January 20, 2014 at 01:08 PM
Hi David - I am still in the loop, here! I have no problem with the opposing opinions because they are free to sound off as well. I hope that you will understand my posts as being along the lines of pragmatism, however. Peter once said, following his arrest, "We must listen to God and not to men." My advice is always that we live out our good examples to the world, rather than to force ourselves on the same. With this in mind, people will decide for themselves. The Lord never twisted anyone's arm to do His will. Court will be another step, and, an additional opportunity to evangelize.
George Murphy January 20, 2014 at 01:09 PM
By the way, good luck, blessings and keep it up!

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