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This from Religion Clause:
The ACLU of Utah announced Tuesday that it had filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Main Street Church of Brigham City challenging the constitutionality of Brigham City, Utah’s so-called Free Speech Zone Ordinance that requires a permit for the Church to hand out literature on the sidewalks of the city.  The complaint (full text) in Main Street Church of Brigham City v. Brigham City, Utah, (D UT, filed 9/11/2012), alleges that the Church wants to hand out literature on differences between its beliefs and those of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  It wants to leaflet and engage in discussions with those receiving their literature during the month-long Open House for the LDS Temple in Brigham City.  It applied for a permit to carry out its activities on the public sidewalks adjacent to the streets on all four sides of the LDS Temple, but the city denied permission to leaflet on the two sidewalks with the heaviest pedestrian traffic. The suit alleges that the ordinance unconstitutionally restricts plaintiff’s freedom of expression and assembly as well as its free exercise of religion.
So… Main Street Church doesn’t believe the same way the mormons do.  That’s cool.  Neither do I. Main Street says that public sidewalks are public and, legally, you can’t keep us off the public sidewalk.  So far, so good. Because of that, Main Street Church would like to hand out anti-mormon literature in front of the mormon church as mormons are entering. Hold it. Can you do that?  Probably legally, you can.  Thus the lawsuit. Should you do that?  And is there a way to do that without actually being a jerk?  That I’m not sure.  Actually, I think it’s doubtful. Let’s turn the tables.  What if the Mormons stood outside the sidewalk of Main Street Church and handed out the Book of Mormon, saying how Main Street Church was all wrong. Houston, we have a problem. Can we not think of a better way to do outreach to Mormons than this? Your thoughts? Todd
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