From the Alliance Defense Fund.
“Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman will be available to answer questions from the media following a hearing Monday regarding the constitutionality of a local parade ordinance. The hearing will address ADF’s petition to dismiss the charges filed against a Christian arrested, jailed, and convicted for distributing religious tracts on a public sidewalk.
“The government should not require Christians to obtain ‘permission’ before engaging in free speech on a public sidewalk,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman. “City officials violated Mr. Baumann’s constitutional rights when they charged him with a crime.”
On April 22, Frederic Baumann was arrested for distributing religious tracts on a public sidewalk outside the City of Cumming fairgrounds. Officials told Baumann he violated a city ordinance requiring parade and demonstration organizers to obtain a permit prior to such activities. However, the permit only applies to private organizations or groups of three or more persons.”
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