Legal experts and denominations representing Christians, Jews, Muslims have come out in support of a Christian school in Ohio that is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case.
Tree of Life Christian School is battling the city of Upper Arlington after it refused to grant the school a zoning permit, and the legal fight is now being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Erik Stanley tells OneNewsNow that many organizations have filed legal briefs in support of the school, which is unable to use a building it purchased.
"We're excited that this many groups have agreed with us at the petition stage to ask the court to take this case,” he says, “because of its importance to religious organizations and churches across the country."
Stanley contends Upper Arlington is violating RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which prohibits religious discrimination in land use and zoning matters.
"We've litigated this case for about the last eight years and it's bounced back and forth between the trial court and the appeals court,” he advises. “And now we're up at the U.S. Supreme Court finally."
Because lower courts have interpreted RLUIPA in so many different ways, Stanley if hopeful the justices will want to review the case.