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Tight Restrictions on Religious Solicitations at Airport Held Constitutional
Description Regulations at Miami International Airport imposing tight limits on solicitations by religious and charitable organizations, which included public areas such as sidewalks and parking lots, survives strict scrutiny test of First Amendment rights.
Topic Constitutional Law
Key Words First Amendment, Religious Solicitation, Airports
C A S E   S U M M A R Y
Facts Dade County restricted solicitations for religious or charitable purposes around the public areas at Miami International Airport. ISKCON is a nonprofit religious corporation that espouses "the theological and missionary views of the Krishna consciousness religion," which requires its adherents "to venture into public places to distribute religious literature and solicit support." ISKON sued to block enforcement of the regulation as being in violation of the First Amendment. District court held for the county; ISKCON appealed.
Decision Affirmed. Regulations prohibiting solicitations and sales of literature at the airport were reasonable restrictions on speech. The ban was not invalid because it extended to the airport's sidewalks and parking lots. The regulation granting the airport director the discretion to select areas within the airport in which First Amendment activities were allowed was not facially unconstitutional.
Citation ISKCON Miami, Inc. v. Metropolitan Dade Co., Fla., 1998 WL 419008 (---F.3d---, 11th Cir.)
147 F. 3d 1282 (11th cir., 1998)

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