Saturday, July 05, 2014
Preacher Sues To Gain Access To Sidewalk Outside Iowa State Fair
The Des Moines Register reports on a federal lawsuit filed last month by Jason Powell who wants to share his Christian message with persons going to the Iowa State Fair next month. He seeks a ruling that police acted unconstitutionally last year when they detained and photographed him after he insisted on holding a sign and preaching on the sidewalk just outside the entrance gate to the Fair. A police officer told Powell he had to move to the other side of the street. Powell's attorney says that the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley striking down the abortion clinic buffer zone set up by Massachusetts law supports their case.