Supreme Court rules for Arizona church in sign ordinance case

Via Religion News Service:

A tiny Arizona church that has no permanent home prevailed at the Supreme Court on Thursday (June 18) when the justices ruled that the Town of Gilbert must scrap strict rules on temporary signs pointing worshippers to the church’s services.

More a free speech case than a religious rights case, Good News Community Church’s victory has nevertheless buoyed those who say the town had placed the free speech rights of politicians and others above those of a house of worship.

“Gilbert had taken a page from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, saying that all citizens were equal, but that politicians were ‘more equal’ than everyone else,” said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.

“The Supreme Court rightly decided that churches and other religious speakers should not be treated like second-class citizens.”