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Church files lawsuit over flier ban at LDS temple open house
MR says: The LDS Church says the ban is an issue of safety, not limiting freedom of speech.A Christian church that says it was prohibited from passing out fliers on public sidewalks bordering the new LDS temple in Brigham City filed a federal lawsuit against the city Tuesday.
The Main Street Church of Brigham City planned to distribute literature during the Brigham City Temple open house, which began Aug. 18 and ends Sept. 15. It obtained a permit under the city's free speech zone ordinance on Aug. 20 but says it was barred from the two most trafficked sides of the temple.
"If Main Street Church were to access those sidewalks during the open house, we would not impede the flow of pedestrian traffic, nor would we attempt to force anyone to take any of our literature," said Jim Catlin, pastor of the Main Street Church, formerly the Living Hope Christian Fellowship.
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