Liberty Counsel Defends Pastor's Right to Speak Out on Abortion

May 15, 2014

Today, Liberty Counsel filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Columbus in Mississippi and Police Captain Frederick Shelton on behalf of Pastor Stephen Joiner, who was arrested and jailed for four hours simply for holding a sign stating that abortion kills children alongside a busy intersection in the city.

The pastor from Church of the Nazarene in Columbus was charged with failure to obey Captain Shelton, who ordered him to leave the area because Shelton thought he was obstructing traffic, even though Pastor Joiner was well back from the curb and peacefully holding his sign. The charges were ultimately dismissed.

The First Amendment protects the right of citizens to express themselves on the public ways free of government interference. The city’s actions were entirely unjustified and are an affront to the fundamental rights of all Americans.

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