Huge Victory for Religious Freedom!
November 08, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Today, a federal district
court in Minnesota entered a consent order and judgment in favor of Brian Johnson
against Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB.) This decision confirmed
Johnson’s constitutional right to hand out free Bibles in Loring Park, a public
park in Minneapolis, during Pride Fest, an annual homosexual-themed event that
is free and open to the public.
Bending to the prejudices of the festival organizers, MPRB promulgated a rule designed to specifically bar Johnson’s
Bibles, prohibiting literature distribution in any public, accessible space in the park during Pride Fest. To lift this
ban on Bibles, the Center for Religious Expression filed legal action.
Though the district court denied Johnson’s request for preliminary relief, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Eighth
Circuit reversed that decision, acknowledging the constitutional rights at stake.
Following the appellate decision, the
district court entered a final order – agreed upon by MPRB – signifying a
complete victory for Johnson and for religious freedom. The court declared that MPRB
unconstitutionally prevented Johnson from engaging in protected expression in
the park and permanently enjoined the unconstitutional policy.
“We praise God for this victory,” said
Nate Kellum, Chief Counsel with the Center for Religious Expression. “Just like
anyone else, Christians have the right to share their views
and contribute to the marketplace of ideas.”
Center for Religious
Expression is a servant-oriented, non-profit 501(c)(3) Christian legal
organization dedicated to the glory of God and the religious freedom of His