A Tennessee man was peacefully distributing Christian literature in front of an Oakland, Tenn., post office when he was arrested for trespassing. At the request of the postmaster, Michael Choate was arrested for handing out tracts on a public sidewalk 40 feet from the entrance of the building.
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a lawsuit Friday against the United States Postal Service for the unconstitutional treatment of Choate. The ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith.
“Christians shouldn’t be arrested and silenced for peacefully sharing their beliefs on public property,” says Nate Kellum, ADF senior counsel. “The post office isn’t above the law and cannot take away citizens’ constitutionally protected rights just because it or its customers might not agree with the content of someone’s speech or literature. Our client isn’t harassing anyone; he’s simply desiring to quietly share his faith in a completely public forum.”
Choate handed out tracts for two weeks in July 2010 in front of the Oakland post office without incident. He continued his peaceful activity on the public sidewalk about 40 feet from the building’s entrance the following month, and was approached by Postmaster Terrena Moore. Moore ordered him to leave the property and threatened him with arrest. Choate tried to calm the postmaster down and said he would wait for the police.Continue Reading on www.charismamag.com