Defending Religious Freedom
Religious Freedom Cases
In October 2012, Erik Sung decided to use two rooms in his home in Lake Forest, Ill. for Maum Meditation. Lake County officials determinded Maum was not a religion denying Sung the right to hold meetings in his home. Sung filed lawsuit in May 2013, and Lake County later reversed their decision calling Maum a religion. However, Lake County imposed expensive renovation requirements under the building code that Sung claims are not required. The case remains pending.
Mauck & Baker not only represents Christian congregations or organizations, but we fight for religious freedom for all faiths. Religious freedom is one of the most fundamental human rights, and by protecting the rights of other religions, Mauck & Baker hopes to ensure religious freedom for Christians.
The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 or RLUIPA is a federal law protecting the freedom of congregations and religious groups to use land for religious purposes. Founding partner, John Mauck provided essential counsel in drafting of the law and joined other law professors and religious leaders by presenting his own experience with restrictive zoning regulations before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Judiciary Committee in March 1998.
With the lobbying of groups like the Christian Legal Society and other religious organizations, the bill passed unanimously by both the Senate and the House of Representatives as a bipartisan bill on July 27, 2000. Former President Bill Clinton signed RLUIPA into law on September 22, 2000. RLUIPA has given churches both equal treatment and inclusion in municipal zoning codes and prevents cities from restricting them from using property for religious assembly.
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