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Draper City Council to scrap a concert by Christian artist Michael W. Smith after resident sues

Published July 18, 2012 12:20 pm

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The Tribune's faith and education reporter Lisa Shencker is writing a story about The Draper City Council deciding to scrap a concert by popular Christian artist Michael W. Smith:

Leaders of a Utah evangelical group are outraged that the Draper City Council decided to cancel a Christian music concert because of a threatened lawsuit, calling the move an assault on religious liberty.The Draper City Council decided in the closed-door portion of its meeting Tuesday night to scrap a concert by popular Christian artist Michael W. Smith, who was scheduled to perform July 24 at the Draper Amphitheater, said city spokeswoman Maridene Hancock.She said the decision came after a resident threatened to sue the city over the event."The city," Hancock said, "just felt like they didn't want to use money to fight a potential lawsuit [with] taxpayer funds."

To read the developing story, go to: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54512569-78/draper-concert-johnson-venue.html.csp