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Troy, OH Passes Special Law To Stop Stand True From Chalking Pro-life Messages During Strawberry Festival

Last night Stand True President, Bryan Kemper, the Stand True Missionaries and some of Bryan’s children were approached by the Troy, OH Police Department while they were sidewalk chalking. We were told that we could not do this because Troy, OH passed a special law that is only in effect for 4 days to stop Stand True from sidewalk chlaking. In the ordinance passed to permit the Strawberry Festival in downtown Troy, OH it included this “SECTION VII: That no person shall write, paint, chalk or otherwise permanently or temporarily deface or mark on the public streets, sidewalks, alleys or other public areas in the event area, as shown on “Exhibit A” attached hereto, from 9:00 PM on Thursday, June 5, 2014 through 7:00AM on Monday, June 9, 2014″

I talked with the police and got information on the ordinance and showed them an opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning free speech at city festivals. I agreed to stop chalking last night until I could talk to my lawyers.

We intend to enter the festival which is on the public streets and sidewalks of Troy, OH with a large life development display on Saturday. We will be joined by Created Equal to show the display and distribute literature. The Police Captain told me last night he does not care about that, only about the chalking.

The Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have advised that we do not chalk for now and get the police to say on video that we are not permitted.

We will keep you posted on our activities and outreach this weekend in Troy, OH.


On a good note, we had already chalked most of downtown when they told us to stop.

As I was typing this story the Police Captain came by and we talked about the situation, he assured me we will not be stopped from passing out literature and doing our life development display. Unfortunately, they picked our missionary house as the place to put all the port-a-potties.

Here are some more photos from last night.




  1. Cisco
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    “Unfortunately, they picked our missionary house as the place to put all the port-a-potties.”

    This means that everyone who goes to the bathroom during those three days will be forced to come close to the missionary house (in short, nearly everyone). I would suggest setting up as much of a display as possible so everyone will see your message at the missionary house. You have much more control over what can be put up on the missionary house property than on the public square. It is there ‘choice’ to send people there.

    • paula
      Posted June 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      God can turn any evil into good!

    • Lois Gudanek
      Posted June 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

      I came here to say the same thing. Great opportunity for the Pro-Life message! You will get more time for them to read your messages when they are waiting on line. You think they will move them to another location when they find out more people were getting the message?

  2. Sfl
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    You should find out what officials passed the temporary ordinance and file lawsuits against them individually if you can. If anything, to send a message to them that they are servants, not rulers.

    Because, unchecked, they will make a move to ban you from passing out literature and, ultimately, try to ban your group itself being able to go there. The fact that they put the port-a-potties in front of your building shows their maliciousness.

  3. Linda
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    It’s inflammatory to say that this law was past just for you. As it says no one can do this. Which includes the pro-choice people not just you.
    Also, I think it’s very fortunate that they put the porta potties in front of you. You will have a captive audience will people are waiting in line to use them!
    Keep up the good work!

  4. Pro-Choicer
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    This isn’t limiting freedom of speech, it’s limiting the defacing of public property. If it’s only for four days than that’s the law. You know what the law is right? Those set of rules set by the government which tell us what we can’t do without punishment? Last time I checked, abortion was not on that list. Why should I be forced to have a kid I don’t want? Why suffer through 9 months of pain and labor to birth a child I won’t take care of or likely put up for adoption? Why should I waste my money on that? You know what else abortion is good for? Stem cells which save the lives of those already living. How about you missionaries stop telling us how to live our lives just cause what you believe in should be what everyone believes in. Maybe if you stopped wasting time preaching what you believe in and started enjoying life, then maybe you’d realize that life is more enjoyable when you’re not preaching religion and opinions on others.

    • Janet Baker
      Posted June 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      Pro-choicer, if the law was addressed to all people and not limited to a very narrow time period, it might be constitutionally defensible. However, the “temporary” nature of it lends weight to the suspicion that it is targeted against pro-life speech only. Therein lies the First Amendment problem. Laws cannot be passed that are directed at those who seek to advocate specific political or moral positions. The City of Boston learned that lesson last week.

      Let’s address the rest of the nonsense in your email. You write “why should I be forced to have a kid I don’t want?” Well, at least you admit there’s a kid. If one is pregnant, she already has the child. The question boils down to giving birth to the child or murdering the child. As far as “preaching opinions on others”, your entire email has been an entire screed of you foisting your opinions on Stand True. I suppose you don’t see the irony in that.

  5. Christina Boeckman
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m apart of the Traditional Values Club at Sinclair and we have hosted you at a talk a couple years ago.

    With that being said I would like to suggest a proposal if you and/or anyone in your group is going to be buying food or other items. Mark up your money (on the building side) with your pro-life messages. Use only $1 bills to get the most out there. I’ve marked up 100’s of my own $1 bills (and greater increments) with similar messages. This is permanent and may reach a greater amount of people in a wider area.

    This is certainly not to say to not to fight this outrageous ordnance.

  6. David Ashby
    Posted June 7, 2014 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    You are making pro-life history when they make a special law just for you.

    • M Schmidt
      Posted June 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      Amen to that David Ashby!

  7. Donna Montanarella
    Posted June 7, 2014 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    I support your choice to fight for life! It’s amazing that the public gets more upset about about pro life messages on side walks than they do about innocent babies being slaughtered in their mother’s womb where they should be the safest. This is a very twisted society.

  8. Ellen
    Posted June 7, 2014 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Putting their portapotties near your missionary house could be a blessing in disguise!

  9. Pro-Choicer
    Posted June 7, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Of course you delete my comment cause you don’t want to be proven wrong on your own site. You complain about freedom of speech being removed so you take down my freedom of speech comment. The Catholic Church, hypocrites for the last 2000+ years.

    • Pro-Choicer
      Posted June 7, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      Nevermind, didn’t see my comment was there, only saw David’s.

  10. Smart-Choicer
    Posted June 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    If you are truly “ProChoice” then you can agree with these facts. 1 . If you have found yourself pregnant, then you have been CHOSEN by whatever “superpower you believe in” (God,Life, Fate, etc) to be the protector of a new life. And it is definitely “Chosen” because not everyone can fall pregnant. 2. It is not 9 months of pain and labor. At most it’s one day. Rather it’s about 4 -5 months depending on when you begin to “show” , in which you get congratulations, special

  11. Smart-Choicer
    Posted June 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    (Sorry, posted accidentally) … special treatment and unusual joys you would never have experienced before. There are some discomforts in the latter months but nothing compared to the secret bond you share with this new being that depends on YOU and only you. 3. You have the choice to carry that life and protect it and set it on the best life journey you can OR you can “terminate” it’s life and possibly offer it’s remain up for experimentation (as you suggested by stem cell research). 4. I am entitled to suggest to you that the second choice is not a SMART choice. Forgetting about the life you have terminated, from a purely selfish standpoint, abortion is not a safe choice for any woman. So I am pro-Choice too. Pro Smart Choices.

  12. Shannon Klimek
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Are you a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full type of person? Porta-potties near home is Providence. Most people who your mission needs to reach at the event will be right in front of your house where you can witness without chalk. I know this is redundant, because Cisco’s comment above is a glass-half-full attitude.

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