Archive for the ‘Colorado’ Category

Greenwood Community Church v. City of Greenwood Village

November 1, 2012

Greenwood Community Church was organized in 1991, when it took over property that had been owned by the Belleview/Holly Baptist Church at a major city intersection (Belleview Avenue and Holly St.). The city had given zoning approval for construction of the church facility in 1985. It consists of just under 32,000 square feet of space, including Read More

Town of Foxfield v. Archdiocese of Denver

October 26, 2012

In 1998 Monsignor Edward Buelt was designated the first pastor of Our Lady of Loreto parish in the Archdiocese of Denver.  The parish adapted a small separate building, intended for the rectory, for use as a chapel while preparations for building a permanent church across the street were ongoing.  At the urging of a few Read More

Douglas County School District v. Larue (2011-Present)

April 16, 2012

In March 2011, Colorado enacted The Choice Scholarship Program to help low-income families send their children to private schools of their choice (some of which were religious). On June 21, 2011, the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and several Colorado organizations and taxpayers in a Denver District Court to stop the scholarship program.  In Read More

Supreme Court sends clear message on religion (Hannah Smith in the Deseret News)

January 17, 2012

On Jan. 11, the U.S. Supreme Court rang the religious liberty bell loud and clear in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC. It unanimously upheld the right of religious organizations to choose their own ministers, in a case between a church school in Michigan and its former employee and a federal government agency. Read More

Colorado Christian University v. Burwell

December 22, 2011

Colorado Christian University is the first interdenominational Christian college to challenge in federal court a new Obamacare mandate that requires private employers to pay for abortifacients in their group health plans.  Colorado Christian joined the monks at Belmont Abbey College pushing back against government intrusion into personal religious convictions that is unprecedented in the health Read More

Rocky Mountain Christian Church v. Boulder County, Colorado, (2004-2011)

February 7, 2011

In 2004, Rocky Mountain Christian Church, a non-denominational church and school in Niwot, Colorado (Boulder County), applied for the routine permits needed to expand its sanctuary and school buildings to accommodate its growing ministries. In a classic case of discriminatory zoning, the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners rejected the Church’s application, despite allowing a Read More

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