Friday, February 06, 2015

Good news for home-based worshippers

* Judge refuses to bar Jewish congregation from worshipping in Dallas home -- "A district judge tossed a lawsuit Wednesday that sought to bar an Orthodox Jewish community from worshipping at a private home in a ruling that could have implications beyond the Far North Dallas neighborhood where the home is located."
The congregation braced its defense with the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The former aims to shield religious practice from substantial government-imposed burdens, and the latter seeks to protect worshippers from discrimination in zoning laws.
The purpose of [the federal Religious Land Use] law is not to place religion above everything else but to level the playing field, [Detriot lawyer Daniel] Dalton said.
For example, “if we’re not going to allow six cars here [for worship], you can’t allow six cars in a house to watch a football game,” Dalton said.

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