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Christian Post: Two Idaho homeless shelter residents failed in their attempt to sue a Christian mission shelter for allegedly forcing them to participate in religious activities.
. . . the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the religious exemption in the federal Fair Housing Act applies to shield from religious discrimination claims an organization that sponsors Christian homeless shelters and a drug treatment program.
“Government unconstitutionally forced Idaho inmate to participate in religion, Americans United tells court”
Americans United for Separation of Church and State: “In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today, Americans United told a federal appeals court that an Idaho inmate was unfairly treated by a local judge and an Idaho homeless shelter that tried to force her to convert to Christianity and participate in Pentecostal worship.”
ADF Attorney Kevin Theriot writing at Speak Up Movement / Church: “The federal court in Idaho recently rejected an attempt to restrict the religious freedom of the Boise Rescue Mission. … The federal court summarily ruled for the Rescue Mission in a well-reasoned opinion that does a great job of protecting religious freedom. The court determined that ‘prohibiting the Rescue Mission from engaging in the activities challenged by Plaintiffs would result in requiring a religious organization to remove religion from its religious programs, and prohibit a religious organization from choosing how to introduce its religious beliefs to people who voluntarily come to the organization.’”
Idaho Federal Court: First Amendment protects right of Rescue Mission to discriminate on religious grounds
Intermountain Fair Housing Council v. Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, No. CV-08-205-S-EJL, 2010 WL 1913379 (D. Idaho May 12, 2010) Excerpts: ___________________ The Rescue Mission operates an “Emergency Services Program” that provides food, shelter, clothing, and other life necessities to anyone …