Churches Fear Iowa Law Will Silence Pastors Over LGBT Public Accommodation Rules

FOX NEWS — Congregations across the state of Iowa are in grave danger of having their pastors silenced in the pulpit over LGBT public accommodation rules, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed what is known as a “pre-enforcement challenge” – arguing that a portion of the Iowa Civil Rights Act is a threat to First Amendment freedoms.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal firm that specializes in religious liberty lawsuits, is representing the church in its fight against the commission.

“Churches should be free to teach their religious beliefs and operate their houses of worship according to their faith without being threatened by the government,” ADF Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb said. “That is a foundational First Amendment principle.”

The issue involves the commission’s interpretation of the 2007 Iowa Civil Rights Act – specifically about public accommodation.

The law includes a facility use mandate that requires anyone subject to the law to open sensitive areas to people based on their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

So does the law apply to churches? The commission answered that question in a brochure on the matter:

PASTOR SAYS STATE LAW THREATENS HIS RIGHT TO TEACH THE BIBLE IN HIS CHURCH — DAILY SIGNAL

RECORD NUMBER OF SYRIAN REFUGEES ACCEPTED IN JUNE, BUT ALMOST NO CHRISTIANS — BREITBART

POLL: AMERICANS INCREASINGLY WANT SAFEGUARDS AGAINST ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW — BREITBART

SUPREME COURT STANDS BY AND WATCHES AS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS CURTAILED — DAILY SIGNAL

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  1. This makes it a matter for the Supreme Court of coarse and with them sitting at a balancing point in this election we now face it has become even more critical than any in past history. Do we elect a leftward leaning candidate who will stack our court with one that will favor against religious freedom or do we elect one who will appoint a candidate who will take time to read our constitution and rule in favor of what is in that document? It isn’t hard to figure where I stand on this issue.
    If you research a man named Saul Alinsky you’ll find how this is part of a system to change America. By wording things to sound reasonable or using our own words like “rights” and “freedoms” attached with concepts they were not meant to be hooked up with, this way the public could be mislead in many directions and that is what we are seeing. Read his game plan, the one Obama taught as a Community Organizer in college. It’s called “Rules for Radicals” and we have been watching him use it for years.

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