Dogwood Festival controversy continues

April 14, 2008 7:25:40 PM PDT
Hundreds of Fayetteville residents packed city hall council chambers Monday evening.

They wanted to sound off about the decision not to allow churches to have informational booths at this year's Dogwood Festival.

Organizers say last year, some complained about churches passing out religious literature, so they decided not to allow churches this year, unless they are vendors.

Critics believe that decision is against the law.

"This policy is unconstitutional. This is America. Fayetteville is a city of history, and the hometown hero with its connection to Fort Bragg," Manna Church Pastor Michael Fletcher said. "It could be said our city is the cradle of freedom. So how can we tolerate such an unconstitutional stance?"

The deadline for booth applications has already passed.

It is too late for churches and other religious groups, but city council members do want organizers to re-examine their policies for next year.


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