"Koosha Las Vegas"
A few days ago we received an email from our Entertainment contributor, Norm Johnson, alerting us to a rumor that a Muslim turned Christian group, had recently entered Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church located at 3050 Alta Drive in Las Vegas on December 5th, disturbing church Mass services by ranting about the "evils" of the Catholic religion.
We were startled to find out that THIS WAS NO RUMOR....that a group called "Koosha Las Vegas", have been active in creating these protests lately...
...that this was the 3rd reported incident of such behavior.
This group, most recently active on the Strip and several other places in the Las Vegas valley, have been seen with large signs and megaphones....
...and are now going into churches and causing disturbances that have parishioners fearing for their lives.
This same group protested outside Bishop Gorman Catholic School on December 2nd.
On December 5th, a number of men rushed into Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church during mass and yelled:
"repent, and turn to Jesus Christ. Pope is a Satan, Pope is a Satan. Mary statue is a Satan"
"Stop worshiping to the idols. Idols not going to save you"
It was recorded on video by the men who created the disturbance, and rebroadcast on Channel 13 news.
Police were called, but no arrests were made.
Law enforcement officials determined no crime had been committed; however, others have strongly disagreed with that conclusion.
The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights also issued their opinion.
"Catholic churches in Las Vegas are being stormed by an organized band of crazed evangelicals known as Koosha Las Vegas."
The first Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees religious liberty...that people are free to practice any faith.
...but...the Nevada state constitution reads that perfect toleration of religious sentiment shall be secured, and no inhabitant of said state shall ever be molested, in person or property, on account of his or her mode of religious worship..
Laws also exist against trespassing.
Got an opinion? Should this be tolerated?
How would you react if you were in your chosen place of worship and this happened to you?
It is "free speech" or an act of "verbal terror"?
Let us know.
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As far as our opinion...we suggest that if you see any such activity, contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police at:
Anthem Opinions Administation