A venue in San Diego, California is no longer closing its doors to a church for being a “religious organization,” First Liberty Institute said Monday.
Officials at the San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association, which manages the venue Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, backtracked from preventing Awaken Church from renting the venue just days after receiving a letter from the religious liberty law firm.
“We are very grateful to officials at the symphony association for responding so quickly and favorably,” said Jordan Pratt, Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute.
“The Symphony’s response indicates an openness to work with the church, and now we’re working on securing a date,” Pratt said. “Our hope is that no further action will be needed.”
Awaken Church’s pastor Jurgen Matthesius celebrated the reversal.
“We are overjoyed that the Rady Shell has opened its doors to us,” Matthesius said.
“We are hopeful that we can find a date that works for everyone and look forward to inviting the community to experience the joy of Christmas,” the pastor added.
National radio host Todd Starnes saluted the church and the attorneys.
“The lesson here is that when Christians face discrimination, they should speak out,” Starnes said. “And more often than not, those guilty of discrimination always see the error of their ways.”