Missouri's new Worship Protection Act is facing a court
The law prohibits activities that disrupt services at churches,
synagogues and mosques. Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel believes the lawsuit, filed by
the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is frivolous.
"The ACLU now is complaining that this violates the
First Amendment right to free speech, because they want to be
outside of a church essentially ... and picket some churches," he
offers. "This particular issue raises some significant and I think
interesting free speech issues, but at the end of the day, I think
this law should be found constitutional."
The ACLU complains the law is vague and leaves the decision for
enforcement up to a police officer.
"That's problematic," the Liberty Counsel attorney notes.
"Obviously you can't leave that discretion up to a police officer,
because a police officer could make various kinds of decisions
simply because they don't want your message to be heard. And I
think that is a situation that obviously does raise a First
Staver says the arguments will have to play out in court.