The old saying about blind squirrels and nuts comes to mind when I see the case just filed by Christian right legal group Liberty Counsel. They’re suing the city of Plainfield, Illinois for denying the use of a community room in the town hall to show a film about religion and the founding fathers. And they’re right.
The town’s policy on the community rooms says that they are “are available for meetings and functions associated with the Village of Plainfield, local government entities, groups dedicated to the promotion of the civic, cultural, educational, and informational needs of the community, and local businesses.” But they are not available for “religious services or other religious purposes.” This is a clear violation of numerous Supreme Court precedents, most obviously Lamb’s Chapel v Center Moriches (a 9-0 ruling from 1989).
You can read the full legal complaint here. I expect this one to either be settled quickly by the defendants or, if they’re foolish enough to fight it, to see the judge grant summary judgment for the plaintiffs. The city will then likely have to pay the legal fees of the plaintiffs, which will not, of course, prompt any faux outrage from Liberty Counsel about big city lawyers intimidating the poor little town and its good Christian inhabitants.
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