Jehovah’s Witnesses, public property and the First Amendment
On Aug. 18, The Bulletin’s newsroom received an email from a man who, while walking in Redmond’s Dry Canyon, was “dismayed to see a structure set up by Jehovah’s Witnesses touting their religion on city property.” He spoke to a Redmond city employee, he wrote, and was told that other residents had called to complain as well. “I think,” he concluded, that The Bulletin “should look into this as an issue of separation of church and state.”
The email was accompanied by a photo of two women sitting on chairs beside a paved path. Next to them is a wheeled rack that presumably contains religious literature.