Friday, July 20, 2018

Suit Challenges Restriction On Farm's Use For Religious Activities

Yesterday's Sewickley Herald reports on a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania federal district court on Wednesday by owners of an historic farm who are using their property to host Bible study, a worship night, religious retreats and fundraisers.  Last October, Sewickley Heights served a cease and desist order on the farm's owners, claiming that they need a zoning variance in order to host the religious activities.  The owners claim that the cease and desist order violates their rights under the First Amendment and RLUIPA.  Sewickley Heights is a small upscale residential community of estates built on rolling hills and meadows.