A federal judge has issued an order that members of a Messianic Jewish organization may distribute Christian literature at the upcoming homosexual "Pridefest" event in St. Louis. U.S. District Judge
Harold Autrey has instructed officials with the city of St. Louis to meet with organizers of "Pridefest" to instruct them that the dissemination of religious literature is constitutionally protected activity.
The St. Louis "Pridefest" is the annual gathering of homosexual activists and adherents which will be held this year on June 27-28 at Tower Grove Park in the city of St. Louis. This is the 30th year for the event in St. Louis, at which participants "celebrate" and promote the homosexual lifestyle.
Members of the Apple of His Eye Mission Society
attempted to hand out Christian tracts at the "Pridefest" event in 2006, and were threatened with arrest by a park ranger, who said their actions
violated a city ordinance. That ordinance stated that "no person shall...distribute any...circular or handbill in or adjoining any public park, place, or square."
Leaders of the Apple of His Eye ministry, which is a Jewish outreach ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, filed suit against the city, arguing that the law was a violation of their free speech rights. The group was represented by the American Liberties Institute.
Judge Autrey issued a preliminary
injunction against enforcement of the ordinance in April of last year, essentially agreeing with the claims made by
Apple of His Eye. He ruled that a city park is what federal courts have termed a "traditional public forum", and thus is open to all who may enter for "peaceable and Constitutionally protected purposes."
Autrey added, "In these quintessential public forums, the government may not prohibit all communicative activity...The very essence of the Spirit of the First Amendment embraces the tolerance of various and even divergent viewpoints and opinions. "
The city of St. Louis repealed the unconstitutional ordinance last month. Judge Autrey has now issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the city from re-enacting any ban on the distribution of any advertisements, circulars, or handbills in or adjacent to any public place or public place.
"Gay pride" events such as St. Louis "Pridefest" are notorious for their flaunting of lewd and lascivious behavior. That is why it is so disappointing to see major corporations
sponsoring a community festival where a totally depraved lifestyle is "celebrated" and public decadence is on display.
Corporate sponsors this year include Macy's, Best Buy, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Verizon Wireless, MasterCard, and Papa John's Pizza. You may wish to contact these companies and let them know you disagree with their endorsement of conduct that God has called "an abomination." You may also wish to evaluate your spending choices in light of these companies' declared hostility to Christian values.
The vision of The Apple of His Eye Mission Society is "to see Jewish people given the opportunity to consider the Biblical claims of Jesus as Messiah
and respond in faith." The name "Apple of His Eye" is taken from a Scripture in Deuteronomy 32:10, where it says that Yahweh guarded the People of Israel as the apple of His eye. You can learn more about the ministry by clicking this link: www.appleofhiseye.org
Please be praying for Steve Cohen and Alan Butterworth and all those from Apple of His Eye who will be spreading the Gospel message this weekend. May they be both courageous and kind ambassadors of God's Grace.
Please also be praying for all the participants in "Pridefest." While Bible-believing Christians are so often accused of "hate" by the homosexual community, most of the hate and intolerance by far is spewed by leaders of the homosexual
movement. Yet that does not warrant a hateful response.
We must pray in sincerity that all those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle and all those trapped in any kind of sexual bondage can find freedom in Jesus Christ. We pray that every child of God will value and choose the richness and blessings of Our Master's design for human sexuality and human relationships.