A Christian evangelist is asking a South Dakota court to
guarantee him his constitutional rights.
Mark Gavin has a heart for young people and has been trying to
spread the gospel at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in
Rapid City. Attorney Nate Kellum of the Center for Religious
Expression tells OneNewsNow Gavin wanted to use one of two
areas to best reach students.
"But he ran into some problems out there," he adds. "Basically,
he was told that for him to be able to speak on that campus, he
would have to go to a table inside the student union, known as the
Surbeck Center, and also he would have to pay $50."
One of the questions Gavin is raising in federal court is why he
has to pay a fee for free speech.
"There's no question that it runs afoul of the First Amendment
because the First Amendment acknowledges that as citizens we enjoy
the freedom to share our views, to share our messages in public
places, but South Dakota School of Mines is not recognizing that,"
Kellum says. "What it's doing is keeping Mr. Gavin from sharing his
message in a public place."
Kellum says his client is not asking for monetary damages, just
protection of his constitutional rights.