Castleview Church | Indianapolis, Marion County

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Description:  The city of Indianapolis and Marion County held firm to the church gathering restrictions in their public health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic despite a letter from Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill that pointed out that such unequal treatment is riddled with legal and constitutional problems. Castleview Church wishes to comply with the law and should not be forced to forego their religious activities and duties when the city and county imposes on churches restrictions that are more severe than those imposed on commercial entities.

ADF letter prompts Indianapolis, Marion County to issue new order that no longer targets churches

Friday, May 29, 2020

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Paul Schmitt regarding the Marion County Public Health Department’s notice issued Wednesday, after receiving a letter from ADF, that it has relaxed restrictions that prevented Castleview Church from holding services when shopping malls, retail stores, or restaurants were able to operate with fewer restrictions:

“The First Amendment is not suspended during times of crisis. Although government leaders can certainly concern themselves with public health and safety, they can’t treat church services differently than similar types of gatherings. Churches and other houses of worship occupy a special place in our communities, and they deserve the respect of government officials. Although Marion County’s new order needs to go further to fully recognize the rights of churches and religious believers, we are grateful that the county’s new ordinance confirms Castleview’s right to hold its worship services.”
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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