Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Christian Group Wins Challenge To Dearborn's Special Event Permit Ordinance

In Stand Up America Now v. City of Dearborn, (ED MI, Aug. 30, 2013), a Michigan federal district court held unconstitutional Dearborn ordinances requiring applicants for a special event permit to sign an indemnification agreement, with terms established in the unfettered discretion of the the city's legal department.  The case was brought by Stand Up America Now, an organization founded by Florida pastors Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp. The organization's purpose is "to proclaim the Holy Bible to Muslims and to educate people about the threat of Sharia law to our Nation’s fundamental principles of freedom by traveling around the country speaking about Christianity at Muslim events and mosques." The Thomas More Law Center issued a press release announcing the decision. (See prior related posting.)