Hawaiian Court Hears Arguments in Lawsuit by Atheist Activists Accusing Two Churches of Failing to Pay Rent to Public Schools

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A Hawaiian court has heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by two atheist activists accusing two churches of not properly compensating local public schools for using their facilities.

Last Friday, Calvary Chapel Central Oahu and One Love Ministries went before a state trial court to argue that they lawfully compensated the schools they met in on weekends.

The two churches were represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative law firm that has argued religious liberty cases before the United States Supreme Court.

ADF Senior Counsel Ken Connelly, who argued the case on behalf of the two churches, said in a statement released the day before oral arguments that the complaint simply involved atheists who had “an axe to grind against religion.”

“Furthermore, the facts and evidence show that these churches were at all times truthful and that they not only paid what the schools required of them, they went much further—donating property improvements and volunteering their time,” stated Connelly.

“No one benefits from this suit except the two atheists bringing it, who stand to gain financially if they are successful.”

In 2013, atheist activists Mitchell Kahle and Holly Huber filed suit against five Hawaiian congregations in the Hawaii’s Circuit Court of the First Circuit under the False Claims Act.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski