Whether you think homosexuality is a sin or not, you should support a free man’s right to hand out religious materials in a public space.
That is, of course, if we still consider ourselves “free men.”
A Wisconsin man who wants to hand out Bibles at the 40th Annual Twin Cities Pride festival in Loring Park this month will have to confine himself to a booth just outside of the event.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis issued a 41-page order Monday denying Brian Johnson’s request for an injunction that would force the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to allow him unfettered access to the festival grounds, reasoning that his constitutional challenge was unlikely to succeed.
Dot Belstler, Twin Cities Pride’s executive director, said the ruling came as welcome news.
But it’s unlikely to end the matter, which has been bouncing around the courts since 2009.
Nate Kellum, chief counsel with the Center for Religious Expression and Johnson’s lead attorney, issued a statement Monday indicating that other legal options are being explored.
I understand what he’s doing.
He’s either genuinely trying to help these folks by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them, or he’s really trying to start a ruckus at this event.
If it’s the first, what’s the problem? Someone might be offended by being offered a Bible?
If it’s the latter, don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing.
But regardless, the question is, does he have a right to enter the park during the festival? It is open to the public. The article says people can freely go in and share their opinions.
Why not Bibles?
But let’s flip it around.
What if they were holding a Christian event and a gay man entered the park and started talking with people about the homosexual community. What would happen?
I imagine most would talk with him. Not all would be open, not all would disagree. But unless he came is trying to disrupt the event, I don’t know they would try to bar him from attending and talking.
What do you think?