A Nebraska village is being challenged for interfering with a local church’s operation.
Light of the World Gospel Ministries in Walthill, Nebraska has outgrown its current building on Main Street and purchased a property across the street to refurbish, meet its needs, and help revitalize the area. Attorney Roger Byron of First Liberty Institutesays the village at first approved the church’s building permit “but then revoked it with no valid reason.”
“The village has also denied multiple permits from the church to demolish and clean up dangerous structures on the church’s property, again doing so for no valid reason,” Byron continues. “It’s also denied other permits the church submitted to use its property in order to worship and minister.”
The attorney says the church has cooperated fully with the government, which is consistently trying to prevent the multi-ethnic congregation from investing in its community.
“This has been going on for years now,” he reports. “The First Amendment and federal law protect the right of churches to operate free from unreasonable and intrusive government interference.”
So because Walthill is violating the U.S. Constitution, as well as federal and state laws, First Liberty has filed suit in federal court.