By NEMS Daily Journal
HOLLY SPRINGS – The U.S. Department of Justice will argue on behalf of Opulent Life Church of Holly Springs on Aug. 8 in its lawsuit seeking to occupy a building on the square in downtown Holly Springs.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans will hear oral arguments from the city, the church and USDOJ. The church is represented by Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group that deals with religious-freedom issues.
In the case Opulent Life Church; Telsa DeBerry v. City of Holly Springs, Mississippi, the Church sought to move to a new space on the town square. Due to zoning restrictions, the city told the church it must get the approval of 60 percent of local property owners and the city’s mayor before it can exist in the downtown area. The ordinance only applies to churches.