Update on the Northmoreland Baptist Church Matter—And More!
Thank you for your prayers for the Independence Law Center for the Northmoreland Baptist Church hearing in Wyoming County yesterday. The hearing went well, providing ample opportunity for the pastor of the church to talk about the gospel and their ministry, and we are hopeful for a good outcome. We are also grateful for the partnership in the matter with Lindsey Hoban of Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia. The importance of this case stretches far being Northmoreland Baptist Church. At the hearing were two other churches whose buildings were being taxed hoping for a good outcome here. A favorable decision could save these churches tens of thousands of dollars annually—money that can be spent instead on their gospel mission.
Victory for King’s Men—Men’s Group Sued for Standing Against Pornography
Thank you too for responding to our prayer alert regarding the King’s Men, a group of Christian men that were sued in both state and federal court for holding signs in front of a porn shop and turning men back from the temptations and snares inside the store. Not only was the state court proceeding put on hold (pending the outcome of the federal case), but the federal judge issued a decision yesterday upholding the right of the King’s Men to carry on in their important work. While we will continue defending the King’s Men’s, by God’s grace an important hurdle has been crossed. We are thankful for the partnership with Emily Musser Bell, Jeff Conrad, and Leonard Brown of Clymer, Musser, Brown & Conrad of Lancaster in this matter.
Elementary Student’s Right to Hand Out Christmas Invitation Upheld
This all comes on the heels of a win late last week in federal court in a case involving an elementary school student at the Pocono Mountain School District who was prohibited by her school from passing out church Christmas party invitations even though secular invitations were permitted. The federal judge issued an order enjoining the school district from applying school policies that would prohibit such religious flyers. In that case we partnered with Matthew Sharp and David Cortman of the Alliance Defense Fund. Through these partnerships we can stretch the resources you have given us to affect multiple cases in our Commonwealth at any given time.
Thank you for your prayers and for your financial partnership with the Pennsylvania Family Institute and its Independence Law Center. For more information on the law center or to partner with us financially, visit www.independencelawcenter.org.