May, the court dismissed the most critical aspects of the atheists’ lawsuit, which falsely accuses the churches of defrauding the government simply for paying agreed-upon rent to the public schools in which they meet. The court later reconsidered that dismissal and allowed the atheists’ case to proceed. The court also allowed the churches to appeal.
“The only thing these churches have done is serve the schools and bring great benefit to their surrounding communities. They don’t deserve to be dragged through court any longer by two people who are seeking financial gain by attacking these congregations,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “The trial court’s initial instinct to gut this lawsuit of its substance was correct. We will now ask the appeals court to definitively dismiss this baseless complaint.”
Written by Alliance Defending Freedom
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