Bourbon Street Ban
September 24, 2012
Center for Religious Expression, along with ADF, filed suit today in New Orleans on behalf Pastor Paul Gros, challenging a New Orleans ordinance that criminalizes religious speech on Bourbon Street at night. Gros, who serves as Pastor of Vieux Care Assembly of God Church in the French Quarter, typically goes out every Tuesday and Friday night to Bourbon Street, just one block from his church, and evangelizes to whomever he finds there. But on May 15, 2012, Pastor Gros was stopped by local police. For reason, the police cited the “aggressive solicitation” ordinance, which outlaws the presence of anyone who wants to share a religious message on Bourbon Street between sunset and sunrise. A Motion for Preliminary Injunction was filed in conjunction with the Complaint, and the parties await a hearing date for this motion.