Library slams book on Christian meetings

Jul 2, 2015 by


‘Shall not be allowed use for the sake of proselytizing’

Christians have been charged with discrimination for exercising their religion in the running of flower shops, photography studios and bakeries, and now they’re allegedly the victims of discrimination themselves through the policy of a Massachusetts library.

A non-profit evangelical legal group has sued Lawrence, Massachusetts, over the public library’s refusal to allow Christian groups to use its meeting rooms to discuss their faith.

The facility allows a wide range of interest groups to use the rooms but refused an application from Liberty Counsel for a civil and educational program that included “religious content.”

The library’s policy states: “Religious groups may use the library’s meeting rooms for administrative purposes but shall not be allowed use for the sake of proselytizing … or otherwise influencing people to a particular belief or point of view.”

That’s even though the mission statement for the library is: “The freedom to pursue knowledge is a foundation of our democracy. … [T]he Library exists to preserve the free development and expression of ideas essential for an informed citizenry.”

Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, said the “religious viewpoint discrimination not only violates the library’s own mission statement, but it is simply unconstitutional.”


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