A California legal group is filing suit against a shopping mall
for threatening a Christian who shared his faith with other
The lawsuit, filed by the Pacific
Justice Institute (PJI), alleges that management and officers
at the Visalia Mall threatened and harassed John Vadnais, a church
elder, for sharing his faith. It also claims that they called the
police out to intimidate him.
president Brad Dacus tells OneNewsNow Vadnais was told he could not
talk to strangers about religion.
"No one should be threatened with arrest for peacefully
communicating their beliefs to willing listeners," he asserts. "In
California, large shopping malls are deemed the equivalent of
public forums. It is both intolerant and illegal for the Visalia
Mall to suppress speech just because it's religious."
Vadnais often visited the mall to shop and eat, and he shared
his faith with other shoppers.
PJI won a similar suit in 2010 involving a youth pastor
who was arrested for sharing his faith with Roseville Gallaria
shoppers who were willing to listen.