Lawsuit to Preach in Chicago

The TRUTH can put you against
principalities and powers who are
behind the flesh and blood attackers

For those of you who follow this blog, you may know our friends and fellow laborers from Colorado Springs, the Johnson’s of IANA Ministry (http://ianaministry.com). This is a lawsuit they are involved in regarding a suburb of Chicago restricting open air preaching.

US Federal District Court-Illinois District

Federal Lawsuit Case 4:11-cv-04058-SDL-JAG Johnson v. City of Rock Island
From the court records……….

Nature of Case

This is an action under the federal civil rights laws by which plaintiff, an individual who is compelled by his sincerely-held religious faith (Christianity) to go “into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16: 15)—the gospel being the “good news” that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fully God and fully man, was crucified in order to pay the penalty (eternal punishment) for the sins of all who do and will believe that He is God, and that he died and rose from the grave three days later (some 2000 years ago). Plaintiff seeks to redress and remedy the violation of his federal constitutional rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. More specifically, plaintiff seeks a declaration that his own rights were infringed and suppressed when the defendant, an Illinois municipality by its police officers, unlawfully interfered with and shut down his public presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which plaintiff was carrying on in a wholly peaceable and orderly manner on a public sidewalk, a quintessential traditional public forum for time immemorial. Defendant enforced a heckler’s veto against plaintiff, and used trickery and deceit as well as the imminent threat of unlawful arrest to force and induce plaintiff to cease and desist from exercising his rights of free speech, free assembly, and free expression of his religious faith.

– to see the rest of the story, go to http://ianaministry.com/?p=2314

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