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posted Friday, June 15, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 24
No Bible giveaway at Minneapolis Pride, federal judge rules
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No Bible giveaway at Minneapolis Pride, federal judge rules

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge in Minneapolis ruled June 12 that a man is not entitled to hand out Bibles inside the city's Pride Festival.

Brian Johnson had sought an injunction giving him unfettered access to the festival grounds. He claimed he had been distributing Bibles at the Minneapolis Pride Festival from 1995 until 2009, when Pride organizers refused to rent him a booth because he condemns same-sex relations.

An attorney from the Center for Religious Expression, representing Johnson, said his client is being relegated to a 'no-Pride zone' where nobody will go - and therefore, his free-speech rights are being violated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis wrote a 41-page ruling explaining why Johnson's constitutional challenge is not likely to succeed. The booth offered to Johnson is right next to a picnic-and-entertainment area, close to one of the park's main entrances, the judge noted.

Johnson, an evangelical Christian, said in court documents that he and his family planned to walk through the 2009 event distributing Bibles, but festival officials told them they weren't welcome.

A police officer allegedly told Johnson that the park was 'private property' that day, and Johnson was arrested when he didn't leave. The charges were later dropped.

Pride organizers sued the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in 2010, seeking an injunction that would head off Johnson's plans to return to the festival, but U.S. District Judge John Tunheim ruled that a broad restriction based on the content of Johnson's speech would violate his rights under the First Amendment. He returned to the festival that year.

Seeking to head him off in 2011, Twin Cities Pride and the Park Board reached a settlement agreement stipulating that the board would set up booths in the park - but outside of the festival area - for people excluded by the festival planners.

According to the terms of the settlement, all literature distributed inside the festival area must be done from booths approved by Twin Cities Pride.

But the organizers also agreed to set up an unattended 'drop zone' inside the festival where anyone could leave information. The agreement does not bar anyone from walking through the festival to share their views with willing listeners.

Johnson was suing for a booth inside the Pride Festival area, contrary to the terms of the settlement.

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