Parks, Proselytizing, and Pride
At the recent 2012 NRPA Congress, I met one of my former
graduate students from the University of Maryland, Jayne Miller. Jayne is the
superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and quite
familiar with the case described herein. When asked, Jayne thought a review of
this particular federal court opinion might be of general interest, providing
an informative and practical case study on an aspect of constitutional law that
is becoming more commonplace. This particular opinion illustrates MPRB’s
ongoing First Amendment challenge to accommodate an individual and a private
group with contrary viewpoint....
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Here's a similar case about some evangelists at a holiday light show, which also resulted in city officials setting up a designated "First Amendment area" outside the most heavily trafficked area of the park: http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/city-denying-christians-right-to-speak-in-public-park.
The Law review is a well done part of our NRPA magazine. Our county Solicitor also finds the information and details to be very helpful. We maintain copies of each Law review on file for future reference. James C.Kozlowski does an excellent job. 5 Stars