Missionaries Rights Protected By Michigan Ruling

05.27.11 | Sarah Harnisch

A federal appeals court has uphelds a Missionary’s Free-Speech Rights in Michigan. The case will protect missionaries across the country. Christian evangelist George Saieg was barred by a Detroit suburb from handing out leaflets at an Arab-American street festival last year. The leaflets taught Muslims how to become Christians. But on Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled the restrictions violated rights to free speech and were unreasonable. The 2-1 decision means that the city and police chief could be held liable for damages-- and sets a precedent against any city that violates missionaries free speech rights.