The church “wanted, as a form of religious and charitable outreach, to create a safe venue for young persons who might otherwise be endangered or tempted by the Spring Break revelry,” the complaint states. Faith Christian’s “intended concept was to offer a party-like but wholesome atmosphere, with music, food and non-alcoholic beverages. … Charitable outreach to persons who may be in need of a welcoming and safe refuge is a core religious principle of [Faith Christian’s] religious faith and practice.”
The complaint goes on to say that a promotion entity named Spring Break Amnesia was enlisted to market the outreach mission but “apparently had its own ideas for marketing and operation” by charging a $20 admission, selling sexually explicit merchandise and hosting naked paint parties and slumber-party Sundays.For good measure, tax officials also revoked the non-profit status of a vacant lot next to the Life Center at which the spring break project took place, as well as the non-profit status of a mansion which the church claimed was a parsonage. The church claims that removing the properties' non-profit status infringed the church's First Amendment rights.