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
"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