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Federal Judge Prohibits Bible Distribution in Gay Pride Festival: VIDEO

A federal judge has ruled that a Wisconsin man will not be able to distribute Bibles at the Minneapolis Pride Festival in the city's Loring Park, the Pierce County Herald reports.

JohnsonBrian Johnson of Hayward sought an injunction giving him unfettered access to the festival grounds.

But Chief Federal District Judge Michael Davis issued a 41-page ruling yesterday explaining why Johnson’s constitutional challenge is not likely to succeed. Davis said Johnson would have to confine himself to a booth just outside the event. His attorney from the Center for Religious Expression says his client is being relegated to a quote, 'no pride zone' where nobody will go – and therefore, his free speech rights are being violated. But the judge said the booth is right next to a picnic-and-entertainment area close to one of the park’s main entrances. Still, attorney Nate Kellum says he’s exploring other legal options to get Johnson inside."

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  1. that's odd. numerous "Christian" groups have made numerous attempts over the years to "ban" others from attending their own festivals.

    from banning condom-distributing groups that attend the Catholic "World Youth" camp-out festivals, to pro-LGBT Equality literature at church and religious events.

    just very odd. actually, it's not odd. it's to be expected.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 12, 2012 2:52:48 PM

  2. Why would a judge do that? I've never attended a Pride parade where all the porto-johns are well-stocked by the end of the day. People need toilet paper, dammit!

    Posted by: luminum | Jun 12, 2012 3:00:03 PM

  3. No pride zone is right!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 12, 2012 3:07:13 PM

  4. Cue the murderous, child raping death cult clutching their pearls in 3, 2, 1...

    Posted by: Sarm | Jun 12, 2012 3:11:19 PM

  5. express yourself...somewhere else, Madonna!

    Posted by: doug | Jun 12, 2012 3:18:42 PM

  6. Well I was distributing the Qur'an at gay pride and I didn't have enough of them. So many people were thrilled to get their own copy.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 12, 2012 3:23:16 PM

  7. In Orlando, protest organizations are relegated to 'protest zones' outside the Pride Festival area.

    Posted by: acorlando | Jun 12, 2012 3:25:27 PM

  8. There is a time for Bible distribution. But during a gay pride festival is not it. Christians need to learn to respect the fact that the LGBT community is part of America and has its own cultural traditions/expressions. If these parades offend you, don't attend them. No one is dragging people by the hair out of Bible study groups to view "dykes on bikes." Even within the context of socially conservative politics (and that includes opposition to SSM) Christians need to develop a greater tolerance for America's cultural diversity.

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 12, 2012 3:31:46 PM

  9. He gets completely ignored. He will continue to be, no matter where he is.

    Posted by: AJ | Jun 12, 2012 3:40:50 PM

  10. He isn't waving signs or screaming that we are going to hell, either. He's just handing out bibles.

    Posted by: AJ | Jun 12, 2012 3:41:46 PM

  11. Personally, i don't think he should be banned at all. Mostly he will be ignored. Most likely, he's going to have his feelings hurt.

    However, if he is going to be distributing bibles, then he should buy a booth. Just like everyone else. Stop expecting speical free rights just becuase you're a christian.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Jun 12, 2012 3:44:16 PM

  12. there's such an interesting slant to "Christian Victimhood"

    we all saw that galling piece of footage that Faux News played 24/7 following the Prop 8 Passage ; the "Christians" marching through the Castro with their crosses and anti-gay signs.

    and the rickety old bigoted lady wielding the massive cross, who had it forcibly taken from her hands.

    this was called "christian bashing" and "anti-christian hate violence"

    yeah. on the passage of a bigoted discriminatory proposition, a collection of bigots took their hatred into the heart of a gay village and then cried "VICTIM!" when their weapons of hate were stripped from them. yeah. victims. *puke*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 12, 2012 3:44:54 PM

  13. I'll take a bible if you take a box of condoms.

    Posted by: 99% | Jun 12, 2012 3:46:56 PM

  14. 99%, the only thing he could do with condoms would be make balloon animals.

    Posted by: Butch | Jun 12, 2012 3:51:31 PM

  15. meanwhile, there is a person dying at home with no friends that could use some hand holding, or a hungry child that could use food, or a homeless person that could use some clothes......
    But this gentleman is worried about gay pride. How sweat. Im flattered

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Jun 12, 2012 3:57:07 PM

  16. As a local resident, I kind of wonder what everyone's afraid of. Let him hand out his Bibles. People who don't want them don't have to take them. If he's harassing people, *then* have him removed.

    Last year he was more or less ignored by everyone but the media, who did their level best to create "controversy." Why play into that BS?

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 12, 2012 3:58:27 PM

  17. @Stevenellliot, well that's the reality of religious hypocrisy.

    a financial crisis. families with their breadwinners out of work, with no jobs available.

    and yet.....the religious right has been raising millions and millions and MILLIONS of dollars...... to stop Deb & Sue, who've been together for 30 years, from legally marrying.

    because that makes sense.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 12, 2012 4:01:22 PM

  18. Face facts: he wants to get inside the festival grounds in order to provoke a negative response, maybe get a shove or a push, which the KKKristians can use in their next "we're the victims" campaign for money.

    Posted by: RWG | Jun 12, 2012 4:20:12 PM

  19. According to the linked story from the Pierce County Herald "Johnson said he's been distributing Bibles at the Minneapolis Pride Festival since 1995 – and he had no trouble until 2009, when the group refused to rent him a booth over a disagreement on his views about homosexuality."

    So, he has not been banned because of his desire to distribute bibles. He has been banned because of his views on homosexuality.

    As a matter of fact, every gay pride festival that I have ever been to, which actually does not include the Twin Cities (I've been to Long Beach CA, San Diego, West Hollywood, San Francisco and Denver), there have been numerous Christian groups who have rented booths at the festivals. In fact, a few years ago, I picked up a free copy of the Christian Bible in Spanish at Long Beach Pride.

    Posted by: Bryan J Blumberg | Jun 12, 2012 4:37:33 PM

  20. Good. Poison sould not be distributed at parades.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 12, 2012 4:43:31 PM

  21. Let him stand there and try to pass out his bibles. Nobody has to take them. There is also nothing stopping people from walking up to his booth and asking him to point out exactly where in the book it says God is against gay people. Or, point out to him in one of his books all of the passages that God says he doesn't want us doing that THEY conveniently don't abide by (eating shellfish, men shaving facial hair, wearing multiple fibres, planting different crops next to each other, etc, etc).

    Posted by: DEAN | Jun 12, 2012 4:57:21 PM

  22. Some Christians are such drama queens...

    Posted by: NVTodd | Jun 12, 2012 5:01:13 PM

  23. At the end of the day, no-one should be subjected to this type of intentional divisiveness when they go to pride. No-one should be made to feel uncomfortable by this bigot. It is not the time nor place to throw this fable book into the faces of attendees. That's why I am thankful that this ruling has been made.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 12, 2012 5:07:47 PM

  24. Freedom of association. You know, that clause that allows the Boy Scouts to overtly ban gay boys from its ranks? The same clause that allows the group that puts on the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston to exclude gay organization?

    See, Mr. Johnson, the freedom of association clause is what allows the organizers of the pride festival to deny you access to the event to distribute bibles.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jun 12, 2012 5:31:27 PM

  25. I agree with Dean. Instead of banning him, allow him his spot, or hell even allow him to wander around. But organize a group to follow him around and ask those all important questions.. in addition to what Dean brought up, I'd *really* like to know his stance on incest. I mean, Lot's daughters got him drunk and basically raped him to get preggers.. and I find it interesting that the Xtians don't seem to ever bring that part up, or address why they weren't punished. Does that mean God hates fags, but is A-Ok with incest?

    Yeah, seriously. Organize a group to follow him around and ask him questions. In my personal experience, when confronted with these kinds of questions.. Xtians seem to tuck tail and run.

    Just remember to keep everything civil. If anything shows up on the news, I'd much rather hear about him not knowing the answers (or even better, hearing him try to rationalize them), than having him pushed, shoved, punched or even screamed at.

    Peace out...

    Posted by: theotherlee | Jun 12, 2012 5:44:12 PM

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