A group of senior citizens who meet for Bible study have won a legal victory.
Pacific Justice Institute represented the group of Bakersfield, California seniors who were punished at the their retirement home after an atheist complained about their Bible study and worship service that was held in a community area.
The case was scheduled for a mid-May trial when the parties met in March for mediation. It was in mediation that the homeowners' association (HOA) at Kern Canyon agreed to a number of concessions that will protect the seniors' religious rights going forward.
Once the settlement was finalized over the next several weeks, the plaintiffs filed for dismissal of the case earlier this month and were designated in the settlement as the prevailing parties.
"The case is settled," cheers PJI attorney Brad Dacus.
"Our clients got everything they want," he reports, "which includes their ability to meet, have Bible studies, to worship the Lord, and no longer be shut out simply because of their Christian beliefs and Christian practices."
Pacific Justice Institute has been involved in similar issues over the years, including the ability for people to meet in schools on Sundays and to be able to hold a church service in a mobile home park.