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Statement from U.S. Attorney Trent Shores on Justice Department’s Success in Religious Liberty Cases

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores shared his response today after the Department of Justice announced that two federal courts had handed down decisions protecting religious liberty, agreeing with the positions taken by the Department of Justice. 

U.S. Attorney Shores stated, "I am proud to see the Department of Justice defending religious liberty in courts across America. Under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the Justice Department can file a civil action in court when religious groups are discriminated against in zoning laws. As the decisions in these cases show, this law is an important tool to protect the rights of religious groups. Freedom of religion is and always has been a core American principle. Whether prosecuting persons for threats against houses of worship or defending people of faith from unjust discrimination, my office stands ready to defend religious liberty."

See Department of Justice release here.


Lennea Montandon

Updated February 8, 2019

Civil Rights