After agreeing to dismiss trespassing charges against two members of the Gideons International missionary organization for handing out Bibles on a sidewalk earlier this year, the State of Florida has now charged the men under a different statute for that same incident.
The attorney feels the state’s actions border on religious persecution. “The First Amendment obviously protects the rights of individuals to engage in speech on a public sidewalk,” he says. “So the question is, why is the State of Florida prosecuting two Gideons for handing out Bibles on a public sidewalk?”
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