ACLU Sues Borough on Church's Behalf

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the borough of Brookville, Pennsylvania, for allegedly violating a church's religious beliefs by refusing to let it shelter thehomeless.

The First Apostles' Doctrine Church has allowed homeless people to stay at the parsonage for the past few years. The Rev. Jack Wisor says his church is following the Bible's teaching to care for the poor.

The borough recently cited the church for violating zoning regulations by operating a group home. The church has appealed the citation, and the ACLU asked that it be allowed to resume sheltering the homeless, but the borough refused earlier this month.

The ACLU's legal director in Pennsylvania says it's unconscionable that Brookville forced the ministry to close with winter approaching and demand for shelter exceeding available facilities.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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