HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss.
Aug. 8, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Liberty Institute will represent Opulent Life Church of
Holly Springs, Mississippi
at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in
New Orleans, La.
The Court will hear oral arguments in the important case,
Opulent Life Church; Telsa DeBerry v. City of Holly Springs, Mississippi
, in which the City enacted a discriminatory ordinance that singles out churches for special restriction and is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal law.
, a non-profit legal group that defends and restores religious freedom across the U.S, will appear at oral arguments on behalf of
Opulent Life Church and its pastor, Telsa DeBerry.
The City has prohibited the church from occupying space in the town square area of
Holly Springs, Miss.
The U.S. Department of Justice
has joined the case in support of the church.
Wednesday, Aug. 8
9:30 AM CT
Where: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 600 S Maestri Place
New Orleans, LA
Why: Due to zoning restrictions, the
City of Holly Springs
told the church it must obtain the approval of 60 percent of local property owners and the city's mayor before it can occupy space in the downtown area. This ordinance only applies to churches. Businesses and other groups are not subject to this requirement.
, Liberty Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of Opulent Life Church and its pastor,
, and sought a preliminary injunction, which the federal district court unfortunately denied. In
, Liberty Institute filed an appeal, arguing that the city's zoning ordinance unfairly singles out churches, and asking the court to reverse the lower court's decision.
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