Proposal May Quiet Street Preachers 1-03-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

Proposal May Quiet Street Preachers 1-03-2011

There's an effort brewing to quiet the street preachers who sometimes cause a ruckus during big, downtown events.

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The City Paper reported that the Metro Council has a proposal to ban the use of personal sound amplifiers -- such as bullhorns -- at public right-of-ways in downtown Nashville is an effort to quiet those street preachers.
They're the people who often hold colorful signs aimed at "drunks" and "adulterers" outside big events like the CMA Music Festival and shout those messages, too.
The City Paper reported the proposal originated with the Convention and Visitors Bureau; there are concerns the demonstrations alienate tourists.
The proposal would allow those street preachers to continue to demonstrate but without the aid of bullhorns.
Some said the bill's language is too broad and could have freedom of speech implications beyond the intended purpose.
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