Friday, March 12, 2010

Lawsuit Challenges Zoning Refusal For Bible Camp

Three brothers who have been refused zoning approval to build a year-round Bible camp and conference center that would serve youths with medical disabilities in the summers have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the refusal. The complaint (full text) in Eagle Cove Camp & Conference Center, Inc. v. Town of Woodboro, Wisconsin, (WD WI, filed 3/10/2010), alleges that the refusal to allow the camp on plaintiffs' Squash Lake property violates RLUIPA, the ADA, and constitutional equal protection and free exercise protections. Plaintiffs allege, among other things, that the town of Woodboro discriminates against missionary, outreach and evangelical religious exercise carried out by Bible camps. Yesterday's Rhinelander (WI) Daily News reported on the lawsuit. (See prior related posting.) [Thanks to Art Jaros for the lead.]