Dallas Man Regains Freedom to Distribute Gospel Tracts

A Christian man who was told by police that he needed to purchase a ticket in order to share his faith outside a Dallas area transit station will no longer face those restrictions.

For two years, Daniel Bailey had been peacefully sharing his faith and passing out Gospel tracts to passers-by at the Dallas Area Transit Station until an officer told the disabled man that he must either purchase a ticket or leave the area.

When Bailey contacted a DART personnel who had given him permission to witness at the station two years ago, he was told that a passed Code of Conduct prohibits his activities.

Upon learning of Bailey's case, Christian legal group Alliance Defense Center contacted transit officials to defend his free speech rights.

The prohibition of free speech was unconstitutional, read a letter written by ADF senior legal counsel Erik Stanley to DART's president and executive director Gary C. Thomas.

In a response letter, Thomas agreed to allow Bailey to express his faith at the station without having to purchase a ticket.

"Christians should not be treated as second-class citizens simply because they choose to exercise their faith in public," said Stanley.

"We appreciate the quick and courteous response of DART officials in resolving this matter and are pleased that Mr. Bailey will now be able to return to his activities," said Stanley.

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