Victory: Grandfather Can Read Bible Aloud in Public
read bible aloud in public!
Paul Johnson is a Tennessee grandfather who enjoys sharing his faith. Earlier this year, city police threatened him with arrest if he did not stop reading his Bible aloud in public without a permit during a town festival. Although he applied for a permit, a city official promptly denied Johnson’s request.
Last month, First Liberty Institute and the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a demand letter to the city on behalf of Johnson, asking the city to allow him to publicly read the Bible at future events and to apply its laws in a constitutional manner.
Three days later, city officials responded and informed First Liberty and the CRE that Johnson would be allowed “to peacefully share his religious beliefs in Sweetwater.” The letter also expressed appreciation to First Liberty and the CRE for pointing out the “constitutional infirmities” in a city ordinance and stated that the city “would appreciate any suggestions” for how to change the ordinance.
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The City of Sweetwater, Tennessee will let Paul Johnson freely express his faith—no permit required. Johnson is a Tennessee grandfather who enjoys sharing his faith. Earlier this year, city police threatened him with arrest if he did not stop reading his Bible aloud in public without a permit duri… [ad_2] Source