In a case that echoes another recently won by a Christian evangelist and street preacher on the West Coast, a blind woman has filed a discrimination suit after she says she was kicked out of a public park and library in Rhode Island for two years after she approached people to talk about the gospel.
According to MailOnline, Gail Blair filed a charge of discrimination with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights after she was barred from Wilcox Park and the Westerly Public Library in Westerly, R.I., her attorneys stated on June 17.
Mark Mayberry, a Christian evangelist and anti-abortion activist, was recently awarded $50,000 after he was wrongfully “banned” from a Portland, Ore. public park last year for 30 days.
Blair, 63 at the time of the Rhode Island incident one year ago, was also distributing copies of the gospel of John that were often left behind in the park, according to a report from the Westerly Police Department.
A library official told police that people had complained about Blair “accosting” library patrons and people in the park. She had been warned several times to stop, according to a police report. The woman was told she would be arrested if she returned, say her lawyers at the First Liberty Institute, an organization that defends religious freedoms.
Blair is a member of the Pocket Testament League, which encourages people to “meet Jesus.”
“Banning a blind woman from entering a public park simply because she offers people she meets religious material is outrageous and discriminatory,” said Jeremy Dys, Special Counsel for Litigation and Communications at First Liberty, in a statement posted online.