Good News: Ninth Circuit Upholds Church's Constitutional Rights
You CAN take a stand on a political issue in church, if even the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit upholds it.
from Focus on the Family
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a ruling Wednesday that held a Montana church in violation of the law for speaking about the state's marriage amendment.
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed a lawsuit in 2004 after the Montana commissioner of political practices investigated Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church, following a complaint by a homosexual activist group. The group claimed the church was required to register as a political committee in order to speak about the marriage amendment.
"Churches shouldn't be penalized for expressing their beliefs," said ADF Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt. "They should never be forced to forfeit their free speech rights just because the government decides to enact unconstitutional laws requiring them to remain silent on social issues."
The court ruled the law is unconstitutionally vague and its application in this case violated the church's First Amendment rights.
— Devon Williams