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Hawaiian Churches Win Partial Victory in Fight Over School Rentals
A judge in Hawaii gutted a new lawsuit on Tuesday filed by two atheists against churches that rent space from public schools. The lawsuit is a renewed effort to prove the churches acted illegally after the same judge threw out their first attempt at a conviction late last year.
In March 2013, Holly Huber and Michael Kahle, founder of Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of Church and State, filed a lawsuit against five churches who met in public schools, claiming they collectively owed the stateâ€™s Department of Education $5.6 million in unpaid or underpaid rental fees and utility charges for the prior six years. Under the stateâ€™s False Claims Act (FCA), the duo claimed they had inside information that would expose fraudulent billing....