Two years ago, Teen Challenge – a national young adult ministry, purchased a 13-acre property near Nashville, Tenn. Did they want to build altars and sacrifice crack pipes to the gods? Not quite. What about a temple of hash and get the entire city high as a kite when they flamed on the “Evening Vigils”? Nah. They planned “to build a residential treatment facility for young people suffering from addiction.”
I know what you’re thinking. Yeah, that would hack me off as well.
Well, the kind-hearted folk in the community protested AND SUED over the build fearing those pesky drug addicts would flood the neighborhood.
The self-dubbed “faith-based solution for the drug epidemic” decided those crack hos and dope fiends were worth fighting, so they countersued. And… they won.
Last Thursday, a federal district court jury found that officials with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, the Fair Housing Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act when they denied Teen Challenge the right to expand its Christian-based ministry on property owned by the organization.
The jury also awarded damages to Teen Challenge totaling $967,995.
And of course, the man noted “Public Enemy #1” from the ACLU, Jay Sekulow, was not too far behind with sound bite in mind.
“This jury verdict sends a powerful message that religious discrimination by government officials simply won’t be tolerated. And the damage award also sends a message that there’s a hefty price to pay for those who discriminate against religious organizations,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for American Center for Law and Justice, which represented Teen Challenge in the case.
There you go, ACLU-advocates and elitist folk living behind gated communities out of touch from the underling, peon serfdom known as “Everyday People,” bite me. Or, well more accurately, bite them. And after all that sticky green they are getting out of your system, you’ll have the munchies anyway.