Liberty Institute: First they came for the Jews in Dallas...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A Jewish congregation in Dallas that defeated a lawsuit to stop their meetings in a rabbi's home is under attack again. 

The unsuccessful lawsuit filed against Toras Chaim was filed by a neighbor but the court ruled in favor of the synagogue. But now the synagogue is being sued by the City of Dallas, which contends using it as a meeting place is out of character because of the residential climate of the neighborhood.

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Justin Butterfield of Liberty Institute says some of the city's demands are outrageous, such as creating parking spaces and building a second entrance to the home for the small congregation.

"Last Saturday, there were 17 persons that attended synagogue at the home," says Butterfield. "Now, remember this is for an Orthodox Jewish group so they can't drive on the Sabbath. But Dallas is wanting 13 parking spaces."

OneNewsNow first reported last year that a former homeowners association president opposed the congregation's presence. The same story also noted that the City of Dallas was demanding the private home must comply with city and federal codes, such as the Americans With Disability Act. 

Liberty reports that Collin County District Court Judge Jill Willis threw out the case against the synagogue on February 4. 

Years of court precedent would tend to favor Toras Chaim, Butterfield predicts, noting that prayer meetings and Bible studies have been a part of America since its founding.

"And if the city of Dallas can stop this Orthodox Jewish congregation from meeting in the home," the attorney warns, "they can stop anybody in the city from having friends over for prayers, for Bible study, or even just socially."

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