Federal judge rules Contra Costa County library can’t ban meetings by Christian group
**News release from Alliance Defense Fund
June 22, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO --** A federal judge ruled Friday, June 19, that Contra Costa County officials can no longer prohibit a Christian ministry from accessing Antioch Branch Library public meeting rooms just because government employees consider its scheduled activities to be “religious services.”
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed suit against county officials in 2004 on behalf of the ministry, arguing that the library’s ban was unconstitutional.
“Christian groups shouldn’t be excluded and discriminated against for their beliefs,” said ADF legal counsel Tim Chandler. “Christians have a First Amendment right to control the content of their own meetings. The court correctly ruled that the government has no business interfering in what religious groups say.”