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Iowa Gets It Right - Churches, Not the State, Determine What Is Worship

October 17, 2017

By: Bob Trent

An unelected commission in Iowa determined that a state law required churches to open restrooms to members of the opposite sex and refrain from saying anything, including from the pulpit, that would make “persons of any particular…gender identity” feel “unwelcome.”

At the heart of the issue is this question: Are churches public accommodations, and does the state have the power to judge what constitutes religious activity?

Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit on behalf of a church in Des Moines to stop the government from censoring the church’s teaching on biblical sexuality and from forcing the church to open its restrooms and showers to members of the opposite sex.

Last week, the Iowa church is dismissed its lawsuit against state officials and the city of Des Moines, after a federal judge issued a ruling protecting churches from government censorship and control.

ADF Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb represented Ft. Des Moines Church of Christ in their challenge to the Iowa law. She joins Freedom Matters to talk about the win for church autonomy and how it may apply to other cases across the country.

 

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