SNAP sues over Mo. 'House of Worship Protection Act'
JEFFERSON CITY • Two groups are trying to block a new state law that prohibits the disruption of worship services, claiming that the measure is too vague and will infringe on their rights to free speech.
The law, which supporters say will protect houses of worship from disruptive protests, is scheduled to take effect Tuesday, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri filed a suit in federal court Wednesday on behalf of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and Voice of the Faithful-Kansas City. The groups often picket near churches over child sex abuse allegations.
The measure’s sponsor says he expects the challenge to fail.
Dubbed the “House of Worship Protection Act,” the law makes disturbing activity, either inside or “so near it as to disturb the order and solemnity of the worship,” a misdemeanor. Third and subsequent charges would be elevated to felony status.
The lawsuit argues that SNAP and Voices of the Fait...
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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