NEW YORK (AP) -- A pastor who defied government restrictions and traveled to Iraq in 2003 to protest the pending U.S. invasion wants the $6,700 fine that was levied against him rescinded.
A lawyer for the Reverend Frederick Boyle told a federal judge Wednesday that the government unfairly singled Boyle out for punishment because of his anti-war stance.
Boyle's lawyer contends that the Methodist pastor's anti-war advocacy was a core part of his constitutionally-protected religious beliefs.
A lawyer from the U.S. Attorney's Office responded that the government was within its rights to implement the travel ban to pre-war Iraq, and said there was no evidence that Boyle was prosecuted for his views while others were not.
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