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Seventh-day Adventists challenge ban on door-to-door solicitations

Associated Press

Published: Friday, July 20 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A church group says in a new federal lawsuit that an Alabama city is illegally restricting it and other religious groups from doing door-to-door solicitations.

The South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is challenging the constitutionality of two Alabaster ordinances. The church claims the ordinances bar it from doing door-to-door solicitations unless they first register and pay license fees.

Church officials say the lawsuit was filed after a member of the church's Summer Student Missionary Program was ticketed in June by an Alabaster police officer for selling books door-to-door without a city permit. The group suspended its program in Alabaster after the citation.

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