Judge bars Wis. man from distributing Bibles at Pride


A federal judge has barred a Wisconsin man from handing out Bibles at the 40th annual Twin Cities Pride festival.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis earlier this week denied evangelist Brian Johnson’s request for an injunction that would force the Minneapolis parks board to allow him unrestricted access to festival grounds.

Twin Cities Pride’s executive director Dot Belstler told the Star Tribune the ruling is welcome news.

Johnson’s lead attorney, Nate Kellum with the Center for Religious Expression, indicates other legal options are being explored.

Johnson, of Hayward, Wis., contends he has distributed Bibles at the annual event since 1995 and that he had no problems until 2009, when the organization refused to rent him a booth.

Twin Cities Pride takes place June 23-34.

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