Free Speech Restored to Florida Street Preacher

A federal judge has ruled that a Jacksonville, Fla., man arrested for sharing the Gospel at a shopping center can continue to preach while a federal lawsuit proceeds.

Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed suit after officers arrested John Schaffer in 2005 when he refused to stop sharing the Gospel.

“Christian speech is simply not second-class to other viewpoints,” said David Cortman, senior counsel for ADF. “The city has done the right thing in agreeing to uphold the free-speech rights of Mr. Schaffer.”