Black Church Owner in Johnston, Rhode Island, Files Lawsuit Alleging Racial Discrimination


The Town of Johnston is facing a federal lawsuit by Reverend Chris Abhulime with the King’s Tabernacle Church on the grounds of racial discrimination.

As GoLocal was first to report in November (“Johnston Blocks Black Church Says Reverend, City Official Calls Him “F___ing Black Owner”), Abhulime’s contractor taped a Johnston building official making a racially charged statement regarding Abhulime, who has been trying to open a church in town since last year.

“This is 2016. This is the United States of America. This type of government behavior is outrageous and should have been corrected immediately.” said the Rev. Chris Abhulime. “Though the laws have certainly changed for the better since 1891, the heart of man has remained the same—which is why Jesus’s message of repentance and forgiveness for our sins remains such good news.”

The federal lawsuit was filed on January 25 by Mauck & Baker, LLC, a Chicago law firm which litigates religious land use cases all across the country, and Warwick attorney Andrew J. McKay.

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Source: Go Local Prov News

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