Judge Threatens Contempt In Md. Church Dispute

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A federal judge is ordering the Prince George’s County Council to explain its continued opposition to a proposed church in Laurel.

U.S. District Judge Roger Titus threatened on Friday to hold the council in contempt for rejecting a recent application from a Seventh-day Adventist congregation that’s trying to build a new church. A federal jury had earlier ordered the county to pay damages to the church for religious discrimination. An appeals court three years ago upheld a $3.7 million verdict.

Titus has ordered the council to respond by Aug. 4, and has set a hearing for Sept. 1. He says there’s reason to think the county council is violating the court’s November 2008 order.

Council spokeswoman Karen Campbell declined to comment to The Washington Post because the case is pending.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Steven Cville

    Just another attack on Christianity!

    Being its PG County I wonder if it was Reverend Tyron Johnson wanting to use an old bowling alley as a Church would they have a problem?

  • Let their people build

    This Seventh Day Aventist church is a threat to the established Baptists churches in PG County. PG County is truly the most backward and corrupt of all the Maryland counties. Their police department the most brutal. It’s just pure religious hate from the hypocritical and corrupt black Baptist elite who run the county, that’s all this is about.

  • Jo manny

    Sounds to me like they are not taking the High Kangaroo court very seriously lol.


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