Christian school sues Oregon county over right to meet at church property
A Christian school that meets at a church has filed a lawsuit against an Oregon county after officials told the congregation that the school could not use the property.
Skopos Christian School, which has around 30 students, began to hold classes at Faith on Hill Church in Milwaukie last year after they had to leave their former building. Skopos and Faith on Hill are both being represented by the Pacific Justice Institute, a conservative law firm based in Sacramento, California.
PJI explained in a statement released last week that they're filing the suit under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, or RLUIPA for short....
Something to bear in mind: the purpose of local zoning laws is to reduce causes of conflict between neighbors. For example, your neighbor decides to use his property to process cow manure; you could likely sue him for causing a Nuisance with the stench, since: "A public nuisance is an unreasonable interference with the public's right to property. It includes conduct that interferes with public health, safety, peace or convenience."
Likewise, schools have a lot more weekly traffic than churches, which could annoy the neighbors. The article does not say whether this is even an ostensible concern of the County, and of course, it's not hard to imagine zoning laws being abused by hostile officials.