Before today’s deadline the state gave Love in Action organizers three options. Change their mission, get a state mental health license or shut its doors.The group answered back by filing a federal lawsuit against the state. Love in Action attorney Nate Kellum says government has no right to regulate Love in Action. That’s why he filed a complaint against the state in federal court.
“Its repugnant for a faith based institution, a Christian ministry to come under the regulation of the state,” said Kellum.
Without a mental health license, state law prohibits the group from assisting more than one person with a diagnosed mental illness.
“Although Love in Action in its religious ministry has absolutely nothing to do with mental health services whatsoever,” Kellum said.
Did you catch that? “It is repugnant for a faith based institution to come under the regulation of the state.” Translation: Religious organizations are above the law.
Hopefully, the suite won’t go anywhere. If they’re offering treatment for alcohol and drug addiction they they ought to have a license, and the state should shut them down if they don’t. Period.
What’re more interesting is that that there’s going to be a documentary about LIA/R.