The court case of a California evangelist is sending a message about First Amendment rights.
Christians in many states have found it difficult to spread the gospel in public settings such as a sidewalk or a city park.
Pacific Justice Institute founder and attorney Brad Dacus cites a recent case in Southern California, where an evangelist was sharing the gospel outside a Department of Motor Vehicles office.
"He was on a public sidewalk," Dacus says of the evangelist. "It's a protected speech area and he was handcuffed and arrested for doing so."
Dacus and the Pacific Justice Institute defended him in court, and on the court date the evangelist and PJI learned that the district attorney had dropped the charges.
"A public sidewalk is just that. It's public," Dacus tells OneNewsNow. "And so as individual citizens we have a right to express ourselves on a public sidewalk and proclaim the gospel or our opinions and beliefs. That's protected speech."