Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Religious Group Banned from Housing Project

In 2001, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of the "Good News Club v. Milford Central School" that public facilities such as schools could not prohibit the use of facilities by religious groups if it allowed similar use for non-religious groups. There has been no case overturning that ruling. And certainly that seems logical and in keeping with freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

But recently a public housing project in Tulsa banned a religious group from holding meetings. Or more exactly, they may only hold meetings if they do not mention God or religion. As a reminder, the words of the Establishment Clause are, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion;" By allowing this group to meet and even evangelize, are they somehow creating a law? And is this housing authority equivalent to Congress? It seems like common sense would keep a case like this from ever coming up, but this type of discrimination comes up far more often than it should.

Read the whole story here:
Evangelical Group Banned From Tulsa Housing Projects, Chapter Leader Says

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