'Music church' seeking damages from county

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A man who contends that the rock and jazz
concerts on his property are religious services is seeking $1
million and punitive damages against a Pennsylvania county.

William Pritts says the concerts are an integral part of his
Church of Universal Love and Music. He's been battling Fayette
County's zoning board over the concerts he began holding in 2002 on
his 147-acre property near Pittsburgh.

Pritts filed a federal religious rights suit two years ago. In a
recent court filing seeking the damages, Pritts' attorneys say the
county's refusal to rezone the land or grant an exemption has led
to the cancellation of religious activities.

Pritts' neighbors say the concerts and traffic are a disturbance.

On the Net: www.ilovemusicchurch.com

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