Nebraska Supreme Court is asked to define what constitutes a church

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2002

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The Nebraska Supreme Court is being asked to decide what defines a church in a case stemming from a liquor license granted to an Omaha convenience store that was challenged by a nearby church.

The city denied the Kum & Go store a liquor license because it is within 150 feet of the House of Faith. The store then got the state Liquor Control Commission to grant the license on grounds that the House of Faith doesn't meet criteria for a church.

The commission says a church is ''a building owned by a religious organization used primarily for religious purposes,'' but House of Faith rents space in its building.

Backing the church and city, the American Civil Liberties Union called the commission's ruling ''nonsensical, discriminatory and unconstitutional.''



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