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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. Would this guy be OK with someone coming to his church to hand out copies of The Joy Of Gay Sex on Easter Sunday? No? Then he needs to STFU.

    I've had it with these people.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 12, 2012 5:53:25 PM

  2. I bet he would be the first to complain if the gays wanted to hand out hiv or pro-gay pamplets at his church, or on the public grounds near his church!

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 12, 2012 5:55:58 PM

  3. Yes, keep it civil of course. Don't let them paint themselves as the victim. At the end of the day they look like the silly ones.

    Posted by: DEAN | Jun 12, 2012 5:56:07 PM

  4. If they guy is only handing out bibles and not spouting hate speech than I don't see any reason to ban him.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 12, 2012 6:01:04 PM

  5. If you read the actual decision, this dude was never denied his booth to distribute his books. He wanted to be able to walk around and hand 'em out, however, unlike any of the other free-speech participants at the festival. He could always have rented a booth from the parks board and do his thing. He just wanted to stir things up and play victim.

    Posted by: JayTee | Jun 12, 2012 6:27:17 PM

  6. Ban the f*cker. Ban him on the BASIS that he wants to hand out bibles. The bible is disgusting.

    I have to put up with christianist garbage every day of my life. I shouldn't have to deal with it at pride, a gay bar, a drag show, etc. Those places at least should be allowed to be as queer as they wanna be without the infringement of the moral police.

    Posted by: fedorajoe | Jun 12, 2012 7:52:18 PM

  7. They should have allowed Johnson to give out his bibles at the Pride event. Then the Pride folks could have opened the bible to the many pages of vile, contradictory and mythological B.S. it contains. Expose that vile primitive tome for what it is.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 12, 2012 9:42:58 PM

  8. These anti-gay Christians have already infiltrated into the LGBT community and pretend to be gay when in fact they are spies or there to save the souls of gays or to make trouble. Be on the look out for them as there are more than you might think who go into the LGBT community to influence gays and what is going on. Some of these hidden anti-gay Christians are people who have had the gay conversion therapy who know how to fit in and then there are the ones who are just plain fake gays who say they are gay but are really not. Some of you know about these anti-gay Christians and some of you have no idea that this kind of thing can happen. Many Catholics have told me that the Catholics are are war with gays and anything in war is fair. Some anti-gay Christians are members of the intelligence agencies who have been trained in psychological warfare and have been teaching it to young anti-gay Christians. This is one way they have been getting away with bullying gays to the point that the gays kill themselves, it is because the anti-gay Christians are using psychological warfare to hide their actions. Also some anti-gay Christians are members of the military and they have been trained in psyops which is also psychological warfare and they are using it on LGBT people. For those who think this is not possible take a look at how the Catholics have murdered innocent people through out history and gotten away with using means hard to believe they got away with it but they did. Some of these anti-gay Christians are criminally psychotic and will do anything.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 13, 2012 12:10:43 AM

  9. Considering Pride events are run by organizations who pay to use the property their celebration is at, they charge rent for booths, and that being said in this free market society the GOP wants, a private organization can refuse participation to anyone. I was at Philly pride this past weekend, and even the patrons had to pay to enter the festival. I am not opposed to a person distributing bibles at Pride, but an anti-gay person should not be the one doing so. I find it odd he wants to be at Pride, and has been attending Pride since 1995, guess he likes seeing half naked sweaty men walking around. What would the right say if the HRC or NAACP wanted to distribute information at say a KKK rally?

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 13, 2012 1:02:41 AM

  10. Christians are filth, and should not be allowed near decent people. The judge was right to ban this sniveling vermin.

    Posted by: Sarm | Jun 13, 2012 8:46:46 AM

  11. The religious right can't have it both ways. Either it's illegal for the Boy Scouts and St. Patrick's Day parade to ban gays (and thus guy can be banned from Bible distribution at Pride), or he can roam free with his books and the Scouts and St Paddy's parade can be forced to not discriminate. If he wants to allow Pride members to distribute lit on the front lawn of his church, then he can do his Bible thumping at Pride.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jun 13, 2012 9:59:49 AM

  12. I haven't read the 41-page decision (nor do I intend to). But certainly the 'phobes have been successful in barring GLBT people from St. Patrick's Day parades, etc. So, "what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."

    (See also comment by Phoenix Justice, which I had not spotted.)

    Posted by: EdA | Jun 13, 2012 10:07:33 AM

  13. My church always has a booth at San Francisco Gay Pride, along with many other Christian congregations. There is certainly no harm in handing out Bibles, although he should have to register for a booth like all other churches and other groups at Pride. However, if he is expressing homophobic views, rather than handing out Bibles, then he should have to do so outside of the festival grounds.

    Posted by: DB | Jun 13, 2012 12:50:18 PM

  14. It seems fairly irrelevant whether it's Bibles or other religious tracks, or coupons to Joe's Crab Shack... at Denver Pride at least, you aren't allowed to hand out anything without purchasing a booth (not that it stops people). Why should he have special permission to just because he's a Christian?

    Posted by: Blake | Jun 13, 2012 5:51:56 PM

  15. Id take one of his free bibles! And then burn it 10 feet in front of him. :p

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jun 18, 2012 7:03:08 PM

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