An American city is facing legal action from churches and a non-profit radio station, over an ordinance that can control how churches employ people and what advertising messages they can promote.
The Pacific Justice Institute – representing the plaintiffs – says the City of De Pere ordinance is very broad: the only exception is for religious entities hiring people of the same religion.
CBN News reports, the code could affect advertising and restrict the radio station’s ability to promote people or events, consistent with its beliefs.
PJI President, Brad Ducas says if cities can tell churches who to hire or promote – and to whom their sanctuaries and grounds must be made available – and even their viewpoints through advertising – then their religious freedom is in serious jeopardy.
The ordinance took effect on March 1st.