Preacher fights ban on the spread of the gospel on Atlanta sidewalks

ATLANTA – Georgia preacher who says that he was excluded from the public sidewalks and feared arrest for the spread of the gospel to the edge of a large outdoor concert in Atlanta, is challenging the restrictions in court.

In a federal lawsuit, Eric Love says that his freedom of speech rights were violated outside of the Wonky Beats music festival, which drew thousands in May to the city center of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.

Love requires a judge to decide whether the Georgia World Congress Center authority and the police may prohibit the preaching of the surrounding sidewalks. The authority oversees the park was built for the 1996 Olympic Games.

Representatives of the authority and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who is named as a defendant, did not immediately return messages Wednesday from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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