City coughing up $825,000 for infringing farmer's religious rights

 December 15, 2023

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A Michigan city is coughing up $825,000 because its officials infringed the religious rights of a local farmer by banning him from a market event.

Officials with East Lansing also have agreed, going forward, to protect the religious rights of the owners of Country Mill Farms.

The payment includes about $783,000 in lawyers' fees and another $41,000 in damages.

It was a few months back that a federal district court decided Steve Tennes, the farm owner, was free to continue participating in the city's farmer's market after city officials had banned him.

It was back in 2017 that city officials excluded Tennes – specifically because of his religious beliefs.

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