Christian Fellowship Center Free to Worship at 25 Court Street
CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CENTER FREE TO WORSHIP AT 25 COURT ST Judge Rules in Church’s Favor
CANTON, NY – March 29, 2019 – The United States District Court of the Northern District of New York issued a decision in favor of Christian Fellowship Center (CFC) its case against the Village of Canton. This ruling granted CFC the permission to use its property at 25 Court Street as a place of worship, and states that the Village is prohibited from preventing such activity, effective immediately.
“We are thankful to the Lord for His faithfulness through all this, we are thankful for our constitutional freedoms as Americans, and we are thankful to Judge Kahn for his excellent and speedily rendered decision. Moving forward, CFC Canton is excited to publicly worship Jesus in our building and continue serving our community,” said Pastor Jamie Sinclair.
The church congregation hopes to begin worship services at 25 Court Street very soon.
John Mauck, attorney for CFC said, “Judge Lawrence E. Kahn has issued a 28-page learned opinion that shows the courts diligence concerning civil liberties and recognizes the liberty of Christian Fellowship Center to worship at 25 Court Street in Canton. We hope that this strong ruling will benefit not just religious liberty, but civil liberties throughout northern New York.”
As stated in the Judge’s ruling, “Since the Village created what it now ‘purports to be a pure commercial district’ but in fact ‘allow[ed] other uses’—nearly every other type of non-commercial secular assembly—in the same zone, this case is an ‘easy victory’ for the Church under any test.”
Earlier this week the United States Department of Justice issued a Statement of Interest in the case, citing the strength of the Church’s arguments. The DOJ also recommended the Court rule in CFC’s favor.