Sunday, June 29, 2008

Texas Supreme Court Overturns Case on Religious Grounds

Chuck Lindell at Austin Legal reports that the Texas Supreme Court overturened a case on religious grounds:

The Texas Supreme Court today tossed out a $188,000 judgment against
members of a Pentecostal church who physically restrained a teen-ager they
feared had come under demonic influence.

Laura Schubert claimed rough handling during the 1996 rituals — involving the “laying on” of hands and intensive prayer — left her disabled by post-traumatic stress disorder. Jurors found that Schubert, then 17, was falsely imprisoned and assaulted by members of the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God church in suburban Fort Worth.

But the state Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, said Schubert’s lawsuit violated First Amendment protections on religious expression.

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