Gay-Hating Kansas Pastor Gets $14k Free Speech Award

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“The city of Wichita will pay a Wichita pastor more than $14,000 as part of a settlement in a case stemming from his 2007 arrest at a gay pride event. In a consent order, issued this week, the city said Wichita police officers and the city violated Pastor Mark Holick’s “rights to free speech, due process, and free exercise of religion by arresting him based on his religious speech in a traditional public forum.” Holick, pastor of Spirit One Christian Center, received a settlement of $11,700 for damages and $2,500 for attorney’s fees, according to City Attorney Gary Rebenstorf. Holick was arrested on a charge of criminal trespassing at the June 2007 Pride Parade & Festival, which was held at Heritage Square Park in downtown Wichita. Holick had said that he had gone to the event to “communicate the gospel message” to people attending the parade and festival.” [Wichita Eagle]

Holick also was the fella behind this “Obama is a Muslim” billboard:

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