Judge Extends Limit On Megachurch Protests

Jul 9, 2013

A judge in Columbus has left a temporary restraining order in place barring protests by a conservative Christian group in front of one of Ohio's largest churches.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Charles Schneider agreed today to continue final arguments in the dispute until later this summer. Before that concludes, members of Minutemen United must protest only across the street from the 8,500-member Vineyard Columbus church. Minutemen leader Jim Harrison says demonstrators want greater church activism in "the culture war" on abortion and homosexuality. He says their concern is with "the church corporate," not just the Vineyard. The church's pastor Rich Nathan grew tired of the graphic displays and sought court intervention last week.  He says the Vineyard opposes abortion and homosexuality but also has a mission to be "broad and inclusive."