Christians regain rights for evangelism

Friday, December 7, 2012
Charlie Butts (

A court has once again guaranteed free-speech rights for Christians in Duluth, Minnesota.

In 2010, Christians attended the Bentleyville Festival of Lights, passing out printed information and engaging in conversations about faith with those willing to listen. Police told them to move to an isolated area or face arrest.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit and a court ruled the First Amendment rights of the Christians had been violated. The city decided to again interfere with their rights this year, leading ADF attorneys to file another action alleging that the court injunction had been violated.


Jonathan Scruggs, an ADF attorney involved in the case, says: "The government cannot ban the First Amendment in a public park just because event officials don't like a message that a person is sharing.

"In this situation, the district court did the right thing in enforcing what the original order sought to protect -- and that is the constitutionally protected freedom of speakers to express their beliefs peacefully in a public park."

In the latest incident, Steve Jankowski and three friends who were distributing Christian literature were told to leave the park or face arrest again. They are now free to resume spreading the gospel.

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