by Heather Clark | Christian News Network
September 12, 2013
ST. PAUL – The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the right of a Minnesota Christian to distribute Bibles at Twin Cities Pride Fest, a celebration of homosexuality held each year in Minneapolis.
In 2012, the Minnesota Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) had issued a regulation prohibiting literature distribution during the free festival, which is held in Loral Park, a public area that is open for all to utilize. The rule thus barred Brian Johnson, an area Christian who sought to evangelize at the event, from distributing Bibles to attendees as he had planned.
According to the new restrictions, Johnson had the choice of either giving away Bibles outside of the festival in a free speech zone, or leave the copies at a “material drop” area within the festival for attendees to take if desired.
Frustrated with the prohibition, Johnson contacted the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) to request assistance. Attorney Nate Kellum then filed for a federal injunction, seeking [read full story here: Bibles OK Says Federal Court]