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Court’s Determination of Church’s Voting Membership Upheld

This is from religionclause.blogspot.com which you can find here:

“In Fairfield Pentecostal Church v. Johnson, (LA App., June 3, 2015), a Louisiana state appeals court upheld a trial court’s decision determining a church’s voting membership for purposes of a special vote on whether to dismiss the pastor, saying in part:

The trial court determined at the hearing that none of the members on the original roll had been disfellowshipped; and it allowed another list of members gathered in November 2013 by Reverend Franks, who had kept no roll since his installment in 2010, to be counted toward the membership roll. In order to prevent the solicitation of new members for purposes of litigation, the trial court limited the membership to these two lists. We can think of no more equitable solution.”

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7th Circuit Keeps RLUIPA Suit Against Chicago Alive

This is from religionclause.blogspot.com which you can find here:

“In World Outreach Conference v. City of Chicago, (7th Cir., June 1, 2015), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals breathed new life into a RLUIPA case that has been in litigation for 9 years. The court reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the city of Chicago as to claims against the city for damages because of delays in granting licenses to World Outreach so it could operate a former YMCA building for its religious purposes. World Outreach argued it lost some $591,000 that it could have made by housing Hurricane Katrina evacuees in the building. The court’s opinion by Judge Posner included comments about the power of aldermen in Chicago politics.  Judge Cudahy concurred with one of the shortest and most cryptic opinions ever:

Unfortunately; and I think the opinion must be stamped with a large “MAYBE.”

(See prior related posting.) RLUIPA Defense blog reports on the decision”

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Progressive/Celtic Review: Iona-Edge Of The World

This is from Prog Rock Music Talk which you can find here:

“It comes as a refreshing change to review a band that I am very aware of, and that band is the progressive Celtic rock band from the UK, Iona. Beginning back in 1989, the band has not flooded the market with their releases, with only 7 studio albums across their 25+ year existence. The self-titled debut album was issued in 1990 and the latest studio release was the double CD, Another Realm, from 2011, although they have also released 4 live albums, the latest being the one under review, Edge Of The World. (2013)”

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I was introduced to the band Iona at NEARFest 2010 where I saw them perform live and purchased one of their albums as I was so impressed by their performance.  Besides playing and making music I really enjoyed, I also liked Iona because they, and their music, are overtly Christian.  As my readers know, I am a huge progressive rock fan and I am a Christian though I do not enjoy much Christian music.  Iona piqued my interest because for one reason or another, unfortunately, it is not often progressive rock crosses paths with Christianity.  So, aside from making great music, Iona also has inspirational lyrics and a spiritually beneficial message.  It is not often I get to listen to great music and, also, derive some spiritual benefit from the lyrics, so Iona holds a special place in my music collection for that reason.  Iona’s brand of progressive rock is to meld rock with Celtic music with a progressive rock ethos.  Anything produced by this band is bound to be quality music and I highly recommend it.

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