Federal Court Upholds Free Speech Zone Roundup

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There was once a group of men who established a fundamental law of the land that allowed the people of their new found country to peaceably assemble and petition their government for a redress of grievances.

These founding fathers of that Great nation even went so far as to declare that the government itself could never make a law that would threaten to supplant these protections, which were reserved exclusively for the people. This concept of freedom of assembly and protest was so critical to protecting and preserving the liberty of the people that it was the very first law — the very first Amendment — proposed by the newly elected representatives of These United States of America and came into effect on December 15, 1791.

Judge says man can’t hand out Bibles at Twin Cities Pride fest

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It’s getting to where in America if you speak out against the homosexual, same sex marriage or Muslims, your Constitutional protected rights are restricted. That is unAmerican and UnConstitutional as well…There’s not much doubt Brian Johnson’s 1st amendment rights are being violated by this judge. It appears this gay festival is similiar to the Muslim Festival in Dearborn, Michigan because it is on public property and for the public. The Muslims lost it when they tried to prohibit Christians from being there distributing Biblical literature. To put  a person in a “free speech zone” violates that person’s 1st amendment rights. Brian Johnson will eventually win this one.

A Wisconsin man who wants to hand out Bibles at the 40th Annual Twin Cities Pride festival in Loring Park this month will have to confine himself to a booth just outside of the event.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis issued a 41-page order Monday denying Brian Johnson’s request for an injunction that would force the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to allow him unfettered access to the festival grounds, reasoning that his constitutional challenge was unlikely to succeed.

Dot Belstler, Twin Cities Pride’s executive director, said the ruling came as welcome news.

But it’s unlikely to end the matter, which has been bouncing around the courts since 2009.

Nate Kellum, chief counsel with the Center for Religious Expression and Johnson’s lead attorney, issued a statement Monday indicating that other legal options are being explored.

“We are certainly disappointed in this ruling that fails to take Mr. Johnson’s First Amendment freedoms into account,” Kellum wrote. “Mr. Johnson should be allowed to hand out Bibles in a public area during a public festival and not be relegated to a ‘no pride’ zone where nobody bothers to go. Without an audience, Mr. Johnson is utterly deprived of his right to free speech.”

Johnson, an evangelical Christian and taxidermist from Hayward, said in his lawsuit that he has distributed Bibles at the annual event since 1995 and that he had no problems until 2009, when the organization refused to rent him a booth after an exchange about his views on homosexuality.

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Free Speech Zones: A Danger to the 1st Amendment

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I predict the first time this Trespass Bill is challenged, it will fall. You can’t do away with the 1st amendment by passing a law, you MUST amend the Constitution and the majority of States MUST agree to it. The vote was 388-to-3 . I know Ron Paul voted against it, but don’t know who the other two were.

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