Calif. Street Preacher to Keep Preaching

Ad Feedback - A California street preacher has won the right to continue sharing his faith with others in public.

Preacher Kevin Borden will also receive a total of $1 in damages.

In addition, The Modesto Bee reported taxpayers will also pick up his legal expenses amounting to about $35,000, according to a settlement filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Fresno.

Street Preacher a Downtown Figure

Borden had been witnessing to people at the downtown Tenth Street Plaza for about three years.

However, a theatre business in the area complained to the city about the minister. The city of Modesto then rented the Plaza in an effort to make it private property, essentially blocking Borden from preaching there.

Police then threatened to arrest him if preached on the premises.

Borden sued the city for violating his constitutional rights. The city has now agreed to uphold his free-speech rights.

"He has every right to be in the public square, just like everyone else," said Alliance Defense Fund attorney Heather Hacker. The Christian legal group represented Borden in court.

The city has also said they will not keep Borden or any other resident from voicing their faith or concerns at the Tenth Street Plaza, not even on Saturday nights when pedestrian traffic is at it's highest.

In legal papers, Hacker said Borden is an evangelical Christian who believes he must follow a message Jesus gave to his disciples, found in the book of Mark: "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."

Sources: Associated Press, Modesto Bee

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