The state of Iowa is being sued a Christian church for their anti-religious law that targets church bathrooms. According to the Daily Caller, the lawsuit claims that the state is ultimately trying to censor the Church’s teachings and beliefs by forcing open their bathrooms.
At the center of the lawsuit against the Iowa state’s civil rights commission is the commission’s interpretation of a law passed in 2007. The Iowa Civil Rights Act made it illegal to prevent people from entering and using the bathroom of their gender of preference.
The civil rights commission released a pamphlet explaining the law. In it the commission states that “where qualifications are not related to a bona fide religious purpose, churches are still subject to the law’s provisions.” The pamphlet also tries to imply that keeping bathrooms separate by actual gender is a form of “illegal harassment under state law.”
The lawsuit filed by the Fort Des Moines Church Of Christ states that “the act and city code prohibit the church from issuing statements that might cause individuals to believe that they are unwelcome because of their perceived gender identity,” and that “the language of the act and the city code are broad enough to include within that prohibition sermons, theological expositions, educational speeches, newsletters or church worship bulletin text, or other statements from the Church and it’s leaders.”
The church has filed the lawsuit to preemptively challenge the law before someone attempts to use the unconstitutional law at their church.