Lenexa bans church from practicing what it preaches

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December 4, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Lenexa, Kansas, you really are violating the First Amendment right to religious freedom by denying Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church the right to operate a temporary homeless shelter for 40 people during the winter months.

You seem to be telling church members that they can pray about and talk about their most deeply held beliefs. They can think about them, sing about them and express them through interpretive dance. But they mustn’t actually do anything about them.

The church, in the building that used to house Bonjour Elementary School, is across a fence, some railroad tracks and a road from a gas station. It’s near a Community Center for seniors and Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

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