Tuesday, January 10, 2012

City of Holly Springs Discriminates Against Churches


Liberty Institute Files Suit to Allow Opulent Life Church to Exist in Town Square

PLANO, TX, January 10, 2012 – Today, Liberty Institute on behalf of Opulent Life Church and its pastor, Telsa DeBerry, filed a complaint and a lawsuit against the City of Holly Springs, Mississippi, for denying the church’s request to exist in a building on the town square. The City’s zoning ordinance unfairly singles out churches—but not other businesses that want to operate in the town square—by requiring only churches to get permission from the Mayor and 60 percent of nearby property owners. This ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution and a federal law (RLUIPA) passed by the U.S. Congress in 2000 that prohibits cities from treating churches less favorably than businesses.