St. Paul, Minnesota — April 3, 2015. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a lawsuit today against St. Paul officials on behalf of David Miller for unconstitutionally denying him the right to share his religious beliefs in Harriet Island Regional Park during the Irish Fair of Minnesota.
Miller was stopped on August 9, 2014 outside of the public park hosting the Irish Fair by St. Paul police officers, before he even had a chance to speak. Though the event was free and open to the public, Miller was required to leave the area because Irish Fair officials did not approve of his Christian message.
Seeking to avoid litigation, CRE sent a letter to St. Paul officials, asking them to acknowledge Miller’s constitutionally-protected speech. Unfortunately, St. Paul denied any wrongdoing in censoring Miller’s Christian views.
The lawsuit is filed to ensure that Miller may enter a public park during a public event and share his beliefs.
“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. “Like anyone else, Christians have the right to share their ideas in the public square.”