Court reinstates suit by group seeking to open Christian school in Upper Arlington, Ohio

Oct. 4, 2013
City says allowing school at the selected site would violate zoning laws.

A group's plan to open a Christian school in a former office building in Upper Arlington, Ohio, has been given news life. The Columbus Dispatch says that a federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought against the city by the Tree of Life Christian School. Tree of Life contends that Upper Arlington was guilty of religious discrimination when it rejected a request to operate in the office building. A school at the site violated city zoning regulations, but did allow a church under certain circumstances. Tree of Life had argued that, because it provides Christian-based instruction, it is virtually indistinguishable from a church.

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