Blind Woman Barred From Park for Spreading Word of God
Despite parks across the country being overrun by George Floyd protests and a “cop-free” autonomous zone that stretches for blocks in the center of a major city, one town in Rhode Island is allegedly cracking down on elderly blind women who spread the word of God in public parks.
Gail Blair, 63, was banned for two years from Wilcox Park and the Westerly Public Library located in Westerly, R.I., for sharing her belief in Jesus, a lawsuit claims.
William Wray Jr., an attorney representing the woman, said in the complaint that Blair—who lives close to the park and library – was unfairly barred due to the Memorial and Library Association’s “unlawful discrimination” against his client on the basis of her disability and religious belief, according to Fox News.
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Park officials allegedly told Blair to stop having conversations with others in the park about Jesus “in which she would offer them a small copy of the Gospel of John.”
The statement said that park officials—back in June 2019– even called on local police to issue a “Trespass Warning” to Blair, a former nurse, and threatened her arrest if she entered the park or library within the next two years.
“I do what the Pocket Testament League urges,” Blair said. “Simply offer them a Gospel of John, the Word of God. No arguing.”
Blair did not comment on the suit when reached by ToddStarnes.com.
Jeremy Dys, special counsel for litigation and communications for First Liberty, told the “Todd Starnes Radio Show“ that, “we think this is a place of public accommodation that is bound by Rhode Island law not to discriminate on the basis of religion or disability and we believe they’ve done both.”
Dys said his client went blind at 37 and the one thing she held onto was her faith in Jesus. She lives across the street from the park and sometimes would ask random people if they had time to hear about her friend Jesus. If they wanted to listen Blair would talk about it, if not, the parkgoers would go on their way.
The lawsuit was announced as Americans across the country grow increasingly concerned about their faith being under attack. The Supreme Court just ruled in favor of LGBTQ rights when it comes to hiring practices at faith-based organizations and coronavirus lockdown orders treated places of worship as “non-essential businesses.”
A representative for the association told Fox News it “does not engage in nor tolerate any forms of discrimination.” The representative said the association has not received a copy of the complaint and “cannot specifically comment on the allegations made by Gail Blair.”
“The Association vehemently denies any claims of discrimination or wrongdoing and it looks forward to receiving a copy of the complaint in order to rebut and disprove any claims made by Ms. Blair,” the association said.