Is it normal forced to listen to a religious sermon at a government venue?

This is not a troll post, this ACTUALLY happened in fall 2017. I complained to the SS office itself and to the website and got no response either time. I feel like ranting.

Last year I went to the Social Security office in San Bernardino California. It was 8 am and we were all waiting in line (and it wrapped around the building) to get inside.

So this preacher shows up in his van, open the back and has two humongous speakers and pulls out a microphone and says now that he has a captive audience he's going to teach us about our salvation.

Someone complained and He said it's a free country and nobody can stop him. The security guards didn't even try.

This guy was on government property, I didn't know it was legal to promote religion on a government property? Is it?

This guy started walking up and down the line and trying to interview people and asking them if they know Jesus, telling them that their marriage will fail because they don't follow Jesus, that they are going to hell because they don't accept Jesus, ect.

San Bernardino is mostly Catholic, but we have a lot of immigrants and liberals. I was in line with Atheists, Jews, Sikhs, buddists and a Wiccan... all kinds of people.

I was talking to a jew and wiccan standing next to me in line who were both saying that this isn't right and the security shouldn't allow this guy to force his religion on us. We complained to the security who said it's not thier business.

It's not like we were in a park where we could walk away.. We didn't have a choice to leave. We needed to be there to do our government paperwork.

Is what happened legal? I consider it harassment.

Is It Normal?
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  • I imagine if it had been wiccans doing that, they would have been removed xD I don't know whether it's legal or not but I wouldn't have been happy either.

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  • Freedom of speech means you were free to tell him to fuck off. If he whined about political correctness (PC is a non-confrontational threat to free speech), tell him to fuck off anyway.

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    • Freedom of speech only applies to government persecution in the US. It doesn't mean the government supports or Advocates whatever anyone says (actually the government is banned from supporting any particular religion) which is why I asked if it's illegal for someone to do that on government property.

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      • Not exactly. I am free to tell you that you are full of shit. You are free to tell me that I am full of shit. If we happen to be on government property when we say this to each other, the government neither endorses, nor opposes our personal positions. If our obnoxiousness inhibits their ability to provide social services, then we can be asked to move to a different location.

        I would have told that guy to shut up and talk to someone else.

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        • He had a complete sound system, we couldn't yell over him. We just gave up

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  • Harassment. If the guards there didn't do squat you could have called police. I hate people like that.

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    • As do I. It's too late, now, I guess. But remembering it makes me angry.. hence this post.

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