Seeking Fairness at Irish Fair
September 29, 2014
St. Paul, Minnesota — September 29, 2014. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter today to St. Paul officials seeking relief from a policy that keeps David Miller from sharing his religious beliefs on public ways during the Irish Fair of Minnesota.
Miller was stopped on August 9, 2014 on a public sidewalk outside of the public park hosting the Irish Fair by St. Paul police officers, before he even began to speak. Though the event was free and open to the public, Miller was required to leave the area because fair officials did not approve of his Christian message.
Hoping to avoid a similar constitutional violation at next year’s Irish Fair, Miller seeks needed relief in his letter.
CRE’s letter explains that Miller’s First Amendment protections do not fade just because someone happens to dislike the message. The letter demands written response from the City of St. Paul within three weeks.
“Miller wants to share his Christian message at the 2015 Irish Fair and future Irish Fairs without fear of criminal arrest” said CRE Chief Counsel Nate Kellum. “As Americans, we all have the right to share our ideas in the public square.”
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 people. For more information, visit http://www.crelaw.org.