Sunday, November 25, 2012

Preachers' Access To Tour of Lights Festival In Court Again

Last year, a Minnesota federal district court granted a preliminary injunction to prevent city of Duluth police officers from interfering with activities of two street preachers at the Bentleyville Tour of Lights-- a holiday festival held each year on city property, but sponsored by a private non-profit group. (See prior posting). This year, the city is attempting to limit the preachers to a new "First Amendment zone" created in a parking lot outside one of the entrances to the festival. According to the Duluth News Tribune, last Tuesday the preachers filed a new motion in federal district court again seeking an order that officials allow them inside the park during the Tour of Lights. The city, however, says it has negotiated a new contract with festival sponsors that allow them to set rules on who is allowed in the display.

UPDATE: Here is the full text of the motion to enforce the preliminary injunction and hold defendants in contempt.