CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CENTERS FILES SUIT AGAINST CANTON, ALLEGES RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION

Christian Fellowship Centers of New York, Inc. (CFC), has filed a lawsuit against the village of Canton on February 8th alleging that the village’s zoning rules discriminate against the CFC. The suit states that, “The village’s zoning code treats religious assemblies on unequal terms with non religious assembly uses in violation of the equal terms provision of the (federal) Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.” According to the Act, the act of imposing burdens on religious institutions through the application of zoning law is prohibited.

The suit has arisen following the CFC’s denied application to use The Club, a former tavern, for their church services; citing zoning code as the reason for denial. According to the village of Canton’s zoning code, religious entities are restricted from operating in the commercial-1 district where The Club is located.

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