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Rights Restored

Las Cruces, New Mexico — March 7, 2017. Today, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) obtained relief for Souls Ministries against City of Las Cruces officials, ensuring Souls Ministries will not be forced to present an objectionable non-Christian message as a precondition to hold a festival in a public park.

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A Market for Speech

Tuscaloosa, Alabama — January 26, 2017. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Rodney Keister, a travelling missionary evangelist, against the University of Alabama for banning him from sharing his faith on public sidewalks without the university’s advance permission.

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Fairfax Censors Christian Music in Park

Fairfax, Virginia — December 1, 2016. Today, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter on behalf of Shepherd’s Heart Anglican Church to City of Fairfax officials, requesting they abandon a policy of refusing to issue special event permits to groups that intend to express Christian messages, particularly, Christian music, in a public park.

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Hanover Township Mutes Message of Hope

Hanover Township, Pennsylvania — November 30, 2016. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Elizabeth Sacks against the Township of Hanover for banning Sacks from sharing messages of hope on public ways near an abortion clinic.

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Teaching First Amendment Values

Newton, Mississippi — November 14, 2016. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent an informative letter to the Superintendent of Newton Municipal School District, encouraging them to resist the bullying of a prominent atheist group.

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Amplifying Freedom to Be Heard

Abilene, Texas — November 9, 2016. A federal court in Texas entered an agreed order and judgment today, ensuring that the City of Abilene will no longer ban Daniel Ruchinski from sharing the Gospel on city sidewalks.

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Revoking Rights

Las Cruces, New Mexico — September 19, 2016. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter today on behalf of Souls Ministries and its president, Isidro “Chilo” Salcedo, to Las Cruces officials, demanding they no longer compel Souls Ministries to affiliate with another organization as a precondition to obtaining a park permit for a festival.

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Free Speech Restored

Foley, Alabama — September 7, 2016. Today, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Alabama entered an order and judgment against the City of Foley, ensuring that they will no longer ban Pastor Raymond Williamson from evangelizing on city sidewalks.

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Equal Opportunity

Memphis, Tennessee — August 12, 2016. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter to Shelby County officials today, countering the flawed arguments of Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a notorious atheist group. CRE’s letter confirms the constitutionality of a law that gives religious nonprofits equal opportunity to participate in a government program.

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There is No Heckler’s Veto

Santa Cruz, California — August 3, 2016. Today, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Donald Harman against the City of Santa Cruz for banning Harman from publically conveying the Gospel on downtown public sidewalks.

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Taking Pride in Free Speech

Syracuse, New York — June 8, 2016. The federal court for the Northern District of New York granted James Deferio a preliminary injunction today, prohibiting the city of Syracuse from banning his religious viewpoint on a public sidewalk.

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Free Speech Not Free at Klyde Warren Park

Dallas, Texas — On June 6, 2016. Today, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Rick Moore against the City of Dallas for their unconstitutional policy of prohibiting Moore from sharing his religious beliefs in Klyde Warren Park.

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Free Speech at Thunder Beach

Panama City Beach, Florida — June 3, 2016. The federal district court for the Northern District of Florida entered an agreed order and judgment in favor of Richard McMahon and against Panama City Beach, guaranteeing that McMahon will be free to peacefully share his faith at future Thunder Beach events.

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Unnecessary

Dot Lake, Alaska — May 13, 2016. Today, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter on behalf of Jeff and Connor Rebitski to officials of the Alaska Gateway School District, insisting the District not compel the Rebitskis to preface Connor’s private graduation ceremony with a degrading state-composed disclaimer.

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Just Talk

Clemson, South Carolina — May 12, 2016. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter today on behalf of Todd Friel to officials of Clemson University, requesting they no longer enforce their Facility Use Policy to curb consensual conversations on campus.

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Teacher Fired over Rick Warren Video

Mary Simms was fired after showing a "Ted Talk" video of Pastor Rick Warren to Collierville High School students. CRE's own "Tony" Mark Mangini is representing her. The story has been covered by One News Now. You can find details of the link here:

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Flood of Discrimination Over: Victory for Ark Encounter

Frankfort, Kentucky — May 10, 2016. Today, the federal district court for the Eastern District of Kentucky entered an agreed order and judgment in favor of Answers in Genesis (AiG) and against Kentucky officials, permanently prohibiting exclusion of the Christian group from participation in a public tourism program based on their religious mission and identity.

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Protecting Student Safety: CRE Advises Alabama Board of Education on Bathroom Policy

Alabama — April 27, 2016. Alabama’s State Board of Education is considering a bathroom policy to protect the safety and fundamental privacy rights of students in its public schools. And CRE is assisting them with this effort.

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High School Off-Campus "Jesus Lunch" is Haulted

Chief Counsel Nate Kellum has been retained as Lead Counsel in the recent shutdown of the "Jesus Lunch", a high school, off-campus lunch for students. He will be advising local Counsel Phillip Stamman.

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CRE Rejects Tennessee AG’s Portent of Doom Over ‘Bathroom Bill’

Memphis, Tennessee — April 14, 2016. The following statement regarding Tennessee Attorney General Slatery’s opinion of House Bill 2414, Tennessee’s “bathroom bill,” can be attributed to CRE Chief Counsel Nate Kellum:

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Protected Speech Unleashed at Thunder Beach

Panama City Beach, Florida — April 12, 2016. The federal court for the Northern District of Florida granted Richard McMahon a preliminary injunction today, ensuring McMahon of his freedom to peacefully share his faith at the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally later this month.

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No Free Speech at Pride Festival

Syracuse, New York — April 1, 2016. Today, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a federal lawsuit against Syracuse officials on behalf of James Deferio, seeking to end a ban on Deferio’s Christian expression on a public sidewalk outside the Central New York Pride Festival.

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Free to Walk, Free to Talk

Panama City Beach, Florida — February 18, 2016. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a federal lawsuit today against the City of Panama City Beach, challenging the City’s unconstitutional policy that prohibits Richard McMahon from peacefully passing out Gospel tracts in a public park during the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally.

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The Ark Is Released From Harbor

Frankfort, Kentucky — January 25, 2016. A federal court in Kentucky granted a preliminary injunction today in favor of Answers in Genesis (AiG), ensuring that the organization will not be unconstitutionally excluded from a public program because of their religious identity and message.

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Not-So-Free Speech at Not-So-Fair Event

Bakersfield, California — January 6, 2016. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter on behalf of Nathaniel Runels to officials of the Kern County Fair, asking them to lift their ban on free speech at the Kern County Fair.

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Justice at the Courthouse

San Bernardino, California — December 28, 2015. The San Bernardino Courthouse in California has entered into a settlement agreement with CRE client, Mark Mante, allowing him to share his Christian faith on public ways near the county’s courthouses.

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Speech By Force

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — November 25, 2015. Today, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court asking the justices to hear an important case regarding freedom of conscience.

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Free to Witness

November 18, 2015. The federal District Court for the Southern District of Alabama granted Pastor Raymond Williamson a Preliminary Injunction today, affirming Williamson’s right to share his Christian faith on public sidewalks without having to ask and receive the City’s permission to do so.

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Victory in the Marketplace of Ideas

Fort Dodge, Iowa — September 28, 2015. A federal court in Iowa entered an order and judgment today in favor of Brian Henderson and against Iowa Central Community College (ICCC), ensuring Henderson’s right to pass out gospel tracts and engage willing listeners in friendly conversations in open areas of the public college campus about his Christian faith.

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Needing Government Permission to Fulfill Religious Calling

Foley, Alabama — August 26, 2015. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Pastor Raymond Williamson of Seminole Baptist Church, against the City of Foley, Alabama for banning Williamson from sharing his religious views on public sidewalks in downtown Foley.

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Signs of Life

FAYETTEVILLE, NC − August 5, 2015. In response to a letter sent by the Center for Religious Expression (CRE), the City of Fayetteville has agreed to no longer ban William Legg and a small group of friends from using lawn signs to express their pro-life views on a public sidewalk in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Fayetteville.

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Pride Without Prejudice

Fort Worth, Texas — August 5, 2015. Today, a federal court in Fort Worth Texas issued an order and judgment – agreed upon by the parties – in favor of David Grisham against the City of Fort Worth, affirming Grisham’s right to peacefully hand out gospel tracts and engage in friendly conversations on public sidewalks and parks during a public festival.

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Free Speech in the Marketplace of Ideas

Fort Dodge, Iowa — July 16, 2015. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a federal lawsuit today against Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) over a policy which bans non-university speakers from engaging in religious conversations on campus.

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Hoping to be Heard

Dallas, Texas — On June 19, 2015, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter to City of Dallas officials, seeking relief from a policy that bans Rick Moore from sharing his religious beliefs in popular open areas of Klyde Warren Park.

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Middletown Banned from Banning Religious Expression

Middletown, Ohio — June 8, 2014. Today, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) secured another victory for religious freedom.

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Rallying for Free Speech

Panama City Beach, Florida — June 1, 2015. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter today to officials of the City of Panama City Beach, pursuing relief from a policy that prevents Richard McMahon from sharing his religious beliefs in Frank Brown Park during the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally.

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Seeking Equality

CRE sends letter to school seeking equal access for students in Creation Club.

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Critically Thinking about the Freedom to Believe

LaGrange, Georgia — April 22, 2015. Today, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent an information letter to the Superintendent of Troup County School System and Principal of Troup County High School, encouraging them to stand firm in the face of baseless charges from a renowned atheist group.

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Iowa State (Un)Fair Treatment – Case Proceeds to Appellate Court

St. Louis, Missouri — April 13, 2015. Today, Nate Kellum, Chief Counsel with Center for Religious Expression, presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on behalf of Jason Powell, an evangelist who is being kept from sharing his Christian views on public areas outside of the Iowa State Fair.

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Lawsuit Filed – Seeking Fairness at Irish Fair

St. Paul, Minnesota — April 3, 2015. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) filed a lawsuit today against St. Paul officials on behalf of David Miller for unconstitutionally denying him the right to share his religious beliefs in Harriet Island Regional Park during the Irish Fair of Minnesota.

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Favorable Ruling for Free Speech

San Bernardino, California — March 27, 2015. A U.S. District Judge in California entered a preliminary injunction on behalf of CRE client, Mark Mante. As a result, Mante is now free to return to public sidewalks and ways outside of two San Bernardino Courthouses and share his Christian faith.

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Keeping Ark Afloat

Frankfort, Kentucky — February 5, 2015. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) along with co-counsel, filed a federal lawsuit today against Kentucky officials on behalf of Answers in Genesis (AiG) and subsidiaries, developers of the Ark Encounter theme park in Northern Kentucky, for unconstitutionally denying them an opportunity to participate in the state’s tax rebate incentive program set aside for tourist attractions.

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Blind justice: Free speech banned around courthouses

San Bernardino, California — December 16, 2014. Center for Religious Expression (CRE) attorneys filed suit today against San Bernardino County officials on behalf of Mark Mante who is prohibited from sharing his Christian faith on public sidewalks and ways outside of two San Bernardino Courthouses. Per policy, County officials warned Mante to refrain from speaking or handing out literature referencing his Christian beliefs in the public spaces in or around courthouse grounds.

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Picayune Blocks Speech

Picayune, Mississippi — October 31, 2014. On behalf of Jeremy Stockstill, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter today to various city officials in Picayune, Mississippi seeking relief from city ordinances that prohibit Stockstill from carrying a sign and speaking about his Christian faith on public sidewalks in the City.

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Seeking Fairness at Irish Fair

St. Paul, Minnesota — September 29, 2014. The Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter today to St. Paul officials seeking relief from a policy that keeps David Miller from sharing his religious beliefs on public ways during the Irish Fair of Minnesota.

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Walk & Talk

September 12, 2014. Roy Spears filed a Complaint today against the City of Tucson and city officials in United States District Court of Arizona, challenging a policy that bans him from expressing his pro-life views on a sidewalk adjacent to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Tucson. Spears is represented by the Center for Religious Expression (CRE).

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Syracuse Silences Speech At Pride Parade and Festival

On behalf of James Deferio, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter today to various city officials in Syracuse, New York seeking relief from a ban that prohibits Deferio from carrying a sign and dialoguing with others about his faith on a public sidewalk bordering the Central New York Pride Parade and Festival.

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Middletown Bashes Expression at Broad Street Bash

On behalf of John Williams, the Center for Religious Expression (CRE) sent a letter yesterday to various city officials in Middletown, Ohio requesting relief from a restriction that prohibits Williams from sharing his Christian message on accessible, public ways downtown during the Broad Street Bash.

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Rights Regained

Federal court enters judgment in favor of two men, allowing them to hand out Christian pamphlets on public ways during public festivals.

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City Bans Chalking At Troy Strawberry Festival

The Center for Religious Expression (CRE), on behalf of Bryan Kemper, sent a letter today to city officials in Troy requesting relief from an ordinance that bans Kemper and others from chalking on public ways in downtown Troy during the annual Strawberry Festival.

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Iowa State (Un)Fair Treatment

Jason Powell filed a Complaint today against various fair and state officials in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa challenging fair policy that bans him from sharing his Christian beliefs outside the gates of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Powell is represented by the Center for Religious Expression (CRE).

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Maryland Sidewalk Cleared

Today, a federal District Court in Maryland entered a judgment in favor of Michael Corral, who was barred by Montgomery County, Maryland from exercising his first amendment right to freely express his religious beliefs on a public way.

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Victory for Speech and Soap Boxes

Today, a federal district court in Minnesota entered a judgment offered by the City of Woodbury in favor of Dr. James Grinols, obliging the city to change a law that required citizens to obtain governmental permission to publically speak about the issues of the day in public parks and ways.

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Equal Access

Today, a federal district court in Memphis entered a consent order and judgment in favor of CRE client Kent Pruett against Shelby County Board of Education, confirming Pruett’s constitutional right to use public property for a pro-life assembly and gathering.

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Restricting Speech in Minnesota

The Center for Religious Expression has filed a lawsuit and motion for preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court on behalf of Dr. James Grinols against the City of Woodbury which has been unjustly preventing Dr. Grinols from exercising his First Amendment right to free speech in public parks and ways.

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Access Granted

Judge grants CRE ‘s request for Preliminary Injunction ordering access for Memphian to hold a pro-life gathering at local school auditorium.

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Freedom on Bourbon Street

A federal judge has ruled on behalf of Center for Religious Expression client, Pastor Paul Gros, recognizing that the City of New Orleans violated his first amendment rights in outlawing Christian evangelism.

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Ejection Notice at the Iowa State Fair

CRE sends demand letter on behalf of evangelist seeking freedom to speak on public way outside of state fair.

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Unequal Access

CRE seeks legal relief for Memphian who is barred from holding a pro-life rally at a local school auditorium, though others are allowed to use the same space.

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Huge Victory for Religious Freedom!

Today, a federal district court in Minnesota entered a consent order and judgment in favor of Brian Johnson against Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB.) This decision confirmed Johnson’s constitutional right to hand out free Bibles in Loring Park, a public park in Minneapolis, during Pride Fest, an annual homosexual-themed event that is free and open to the public.

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Right to Be Heard

Sean Williams filed a Complaint, along with a Motion for Preliminary Injunction, against the City of Tempe and city officials in federal district court of Arizona, challenging a noise law that criminalizes speech deemed by others to be “unreasonable” or “offensive.” Williams is represented by Center for Religious Expression (CRE).

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Bringing Light

After years of fighting for their first amendment rights, Steve Jankowski and Peter Scott have come to an agreement with the City of Duluth that protect their rights to share their faith at a city park during the annual “Bentleyville Tour of Lights” event.

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Bibles are Back

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued opinion today upholding Brian Johnson’s constitutional right to hand out free Bibles in Loring Park – a public park located in Minneapolis – during the annual Pride Fest, an homosexual-themed event that is free and open to the public. Brian Johnson is represented by Nate Kellum, Chief Counsel at the Center for Religious Expression.

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Sidewalk Cleared

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida has officially declared that the policy prohibiting literature distribution on the public sidewalk near Seville Square during the annual Festival in the Park is unconstitutional and granted a summary judgement in the case in favor of Pastor Bill Adams.

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Victory for Evangelist

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of Center for Religious Expression client John McGlone, an evangelist who was denied a chance to share his Christian faith on the campus of University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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Supreme Court Rules on Marriage

Center for Religious Expression Chief Counsel Nate Kellum has released a statement in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage.

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Right to Be Silent

Pastor seeks freedom to avoid objectionable speech on license plate.

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Freedom on the Fourth

Ryan Woodhouse is now free to celebrate the Fourth of July in a way that best expresses liberty for him: sharing his faith in Riverside Park during the annual Riverfest celebration in La Crosse, Wisconsin. On Monday, a federal judge sitting in the Western District of Wisconsin granted CRE's motion for preliminary injunction, allowing Woodhouse to speak in the park.

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Victory in Pensacola

Federal judge grants CRE’s request for preliminary injunction allowing Pastor Bill Adams to hand out free calendars with Christian message on public sidewalk bordering Seville Square during PrideFest.

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July Fourth Freedom

Ryan Woodhouse filed Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction today against City of La Crosse, Wisconsin and various city officials in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, challenging park and city policies that preclude him from speaking or handing out literature regarding his Christian faith in a public forum.

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Justice (and Common Sense) Prevails

Municipal Court Judge Sybil Cleveland found Joyce Fecteau not guilty of harassment for spraying “holy water” in the direction of two pro-abortion activists last December in front of Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville.

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Second-Class Treatment

Nate Kellum, Chief Counsel of the Center for Religious Expression (CRE), argued a motion for preliminary injunction in the Eastern District of North Carolina, on behalf of Tom Price and William Legg, seeking an injunction that would allow Price and Legg to hand out gospel tracts on public property in downtown Fayetteville during the Dogwood Festival.

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PrideFest Prejudice

Nate Kellum, Chief Counsel of the Center for Religious Expression (CRE), represented Pastor Bill Adams on March 20, 2013 in a hearing in the Northern District of Florida, challenging city policy that keeps Adams from handing out free calendars containing a salvation message on the back on a public sidewalk bordering a city park (Seville Square) in downtown Pensacola while PrideFest – homosexual-themed event that is free and open to the public – takes place in the park.

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Battle for Bibles

Today, Nate Kellum is arguing an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, on behalf of Brian Johnson regarding his constitutional right to hand out free Bibles in a public park.

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The Truth Can Be Offensive

CRE sends demand letter on behalf of Christian threatened with arrest for sharing his beliefs outside an abortion clinic.

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AFA Files Lawsuit to Be Free from Unconscionable HHS Mandate

The American Family Association seeks to avoid Federal mandate compelling facilitation of insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.

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Stop Privatizing Our Public Spaces

Our hope is that the court will end Montgomery County’s policy and practice that created and sustains the ability of a private entity to control the existence, content and viewpoint of expression on public sidewalks and ways in downtown Silver Spring, as this practice is unconstitutional on its face and deeply troubling.

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Elderly Pro-Life Advocate Charged With Harassment

A pro-abortion activist filed a harassment complaint against an elderly pro-life sidewalk counselor. CRE will be assisting her criminal defense.

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Landmark Case

Today, Nate Kellum, Chief Counsel with the Center for Religious Expression, will argue a landmark case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the defense of religious speech in the public square.

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Marketplace Re-Opened

“By God’s grace we were able to secure the rights of Dominic Bonasio and others to speak freely and openly about their faith at DCCC, allowing them to contribute to the marketplace of ideas.”

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Revolutionary Victory

Stamford Public School System agrees to let student Christian club meet and pray on campus after receiving letter from CRE

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Seville Square Censorship

CRE files lawsuit on behalf of Christian pastor who is banned from handing out free calendars and discussing faith on public sidewalk next to Seville Square during festival

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Freedom Restored

Pastor [Remain unidentified for safety concerns]'s Constitutional Rights Restored at Pakistan Festival in Virginia

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Access Denied: Pro-Life Group Can’t Use School Facility Like Other Groups

CRE sends demand letter to Memphis City Schools over policy that discriminates against socially-minded groups

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End Run at Bull Run (Park)

CRE sends demand letter on behalf of Christian pastor who was barred from handing out information at public park during Pakistan Festival

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Blackout in the Black Hills?

CRE files lawsuit on behalf of evangelist forced to pay $50 to speak on college campus

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La Crosse Restricts Freedom on 4th of July

CRE sends demand letter on behalf of evangelist seeking freedom to speak at festival

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Austin City (no longer) Limits (speech)

Today, Center for Religious Expression was blessed with another victory for Christian freedom, allowing evangelist Tony Powell to share the gospel message to those attending the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin Texas.

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Bourbon Street Ban

Religious speech cited as "aggressive solicitation" by New Orleans Police

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Festival Freedom

Big win in Buffalo!

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Italian Heritage Recognizes Christian Heritage

On this day, Greg Owen was allowed to hand out gospel tracts on public ways in Buffalo, NY during the Italian Heritage Festival.

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Bibles are Back at Pride Fest

The Minnesota Park & Recreation Board, placating to the biases of the organizers of the event, had prohibited all literature distribution in the park.

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Huge Victory for Christian Speech in Volunteer State

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Court published a written opinion invalidating various regulations used by Tennessee Tech University (TTU) to curb Christian-oriented speech on campus.

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