Religion

Christian Brian Johnson Sues to Hand Out Bibles at Gay Pride Rally

| by Michael Allen

Brian Johnson (pictured left with his family, giving out bibles) filed a federal lawsuit against the Minneapolis, Minnesota Park Board, claiming that his constitutional rights are being violated because he is being restricted to a "no pride zone" to hand out bibles during a gay celebration called 'Pride Fest.'

That park policy says that advocacy groups, whose message isn't approved by Pride Fest organizers, are confined to a small space on the periphery of Loring Park, barred from spreading their message or materials around the festival.

The conservative Alliance Defense Fund, which has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Johnson, claims that park board rules "banning literature distribution in Loring Park... violate the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, made applicable to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment."

Johnson said in his lawsuit that he has "come across many individuals in the GLBT community who have expressed disdain and distrust for organized religion, and [I want] those individuals to know the real Jesus."

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Eileen Scallen, a lawyerl for Pride Fest, said giving Johnson unlimited access at the festival was "akin to allowing the Klu Klux Klan to openly convey their racist and anti-immigration views at the Cinco de Mayo festival."