PJI helps church fight adult business

Friday, August 7, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Bible with American flag 1A small-town church in Oregon won help from city government when church leaders learned an adult entertainment business was opening up next door.

Gateway Fellowship Church, located in Drain, sits 25 feet from a two-story building with a bowling alley on the bottom floor. On the top floor, however, a business opened with partially nude dancing and alcohol sales.

After the church pastor contacted Pacific Justice Institute for help, the California-based law firm went to work on behalf of Gateway church.

"We acknowledge that the laws require that adult businesses have free speech rights of expression," says attorney Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute. "That said, they do not have a right to put children in danger.”

Dacus

PJI asked city leaders to require that adult businesses operate 500 feet from churches and other places where children meet. The policy was adopted by the city council August 1.

Dacus says city government expects the adult business to challenge the law in court, and Pacific Justice Institute has offered to defend the law on the city's behalf.

"Any church, anywhere in the United States having similar struggles or issues, should not hesitate to contact Pacific Justice Institute for free, legal representation and or counsel," Dacus advises. "That's what we're here for."

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