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The Supreme Court Will Hear a Case Involving Church Signs

The Supreme Court Will Hear a Case Involving Church Signs

Finally, the Supreme Court will decide a case involving one of the most legally complex issues ever grappled over by the hands of justice: church signs. Though the case does not involve a congregation’s fundamental right to use hilarious Bible puns on marquees—a constitutional guarantee as essential as anything the founding fathers ever wrote—it does involve how signs advertising church services can be displayed.

The small church involved in the case, Good News Presbyterian Church in Gilbert, Arizona, has been engaged in a years-long dispute with the town over a local law that limits the size and location of signs directing congregants to their service, and only lets them be hung for 12-hour windows. Because the church meets in several locations (including a school and senior center), they say the restrictions are preventing members from finding them. The city does allow massive political signs, with very few restrictions, on public property, which the church leaders say is a double standard. Presumably, members of the church are praying for favor, because, as anyone who has driven by a clever church sign knows, God answers knee mail …

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