“This is a massive violation of the First Amendment. This is an unprecedented move by a government agency to mandate that anytime a church opens its doors to the public that it automatically qualifies as a place of public accommodation. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. If the church has a doctrine or theology that is at odds with the state and they speak out about that – they can have the full weight of the law brought down against them.” — Chelsey Youman
“Based on what they are saying, orthodox Christianity is in violation of the state law of Iowa,” Pastor Cary Gordon
“The state claims it has the power to regulate what the church even teaches – what they are allowed to say from the pulpit – in addition to how they operate regarding matters of gender and sexuality,” she said. “If the church has a doctrine or theology that is at odds with the state and they speak out about that – they can have the full weight of the law brought down against them.” Attorney Youoman
Here is the contact information for the Iowa Civl Rights Commission:
Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0201
1-800-457-4416, ext 9-1-4576.
Kristin H. Johnson, Director
“This is a clear case of the state violating the sanctity of the church. It should send chills down the spine of every congregation in Iowa,” Chief of Staff Chelsey Youman said in a statement. “The State of Iowa claims it has the power to regulate what churches can teach about human sexuality and how they operate their facilities. The government has absolutely no authority to force a church to violate its religious beliefs. This is a massive violation of the First Amendment.”
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