Magazine article The Christian Century

Briefly Noted

Magazine article The Christian Century

Briefly Noted

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* A Michigan church has won the right to use a storefront location in a business district after it sued under a new federal law dealing with religious land use. The Washington-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty announced December 29 that a district judge had approved a consent agreement between Haven Shores Community Church and the city of Grand Haven, Michigan. The city agreed that the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, signed into law in September, applied to the case. Kevin J. Hasson, president of the Becket Fund, which represented the church, hailed the settlement, which he called the "first successful lawsuit" under the new federal law. "This case is a wake-up call for other communities that assume they have nearly unlimited latitude in using zoning laws to severely restrict churches and other religious organizations," he said.

* Two men who used machetes and a blowtorch to attack worshipers in a Roman Catholic cathedral on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on the last day of 2000 say they were messengers of God fighting corruption among Catholics. Kim John, 20, and Francis Phillip, 34, seemed to believe "the world is going to end and that the time had come for what they had to do," church administrator Theophilus Joseph told the Associated Press. …

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