Redemption Community Church was running its Ragamuffins Coffee House six days a week, serving a warm space and good coffee to the poor downtown neighborhood of Laurel, Md., and offering Christian worship and teaching services on Sundays. But then city officials changed the zoning codes and through a cease-and-desist letter told the church to stop ministry operations and leave immediately.
If the church continued to host religious services, it could be fined $250 a day. The law forces houses of worship to submit to an expensive, time-consuming, and uncertain special exception process that is not imposed on secular organizations.
ADF lawyers have stepped in to represent the church and have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland contending that the church was being singled out and discriminated against.
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