Flipping the bird in church protected speech

Georgia’s highest court has thrown out the conviction of a man who was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge three years ago after he gestured with his middle finger and shouted at his church pastor.

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that David Freeeman’s outburst constituted protected speech under the First Amendment.

The incident occurred in August 2014 at the 12Stone Church in Flowery Branch, 45 miles northeast of Atlanta. The church’s pastor, Jason Berry, asked teachers to stand for recognition so the congregation could pray for them to have a successful school year.

Freeman, according to the court’s opinion, stood up and raised his middle finger before shouting, “Don’t send your kids to the evil public schools! Don’t let Satan or the devil raise your kids!” FOX NEWS

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