Judge Rules In Favor Of Preachers At Bentleyville

By KBJR News 1

December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A judge has ruled in favor of two preachers who want to loudly proclaim their Christian faith at Duluth's Bentleyville Tour of lights.

Earlier this week, Duluth city attorneys made another attempt to block the access to the two preachers who, like last year, wanted to preach through megaphones on the grounds of the Bentleyville attraction.

Bentleyville leaders had set up a zone, just outside the gates, and designated it a first amendment zone.

The preachers claimed they should not be relegated to a zone.

A judge ruled in favor of the preachers saying Duluth violated an injunction issued last year which allowed the preachers to share their views on public property, including on the grounds of Bentleyville.

"That they aren't harassing people while they are trying to roast their marshmallows. If they are in there and doing it in a respect manner and they’re not harassing people. You know, that’s all the better. That isn’t what we experienced last year," Gunner Johnson, the Duluth city attorney, said.

The Judge's ruling will now apply to all future Bentleyville events.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com