Q: If a town allows fundraisers for schools and town events, can they deny a church request to post similar fund raisers?
Town newsletter has traditionally allowed church secular fundraisers to be published until July 2015 when a new policy was adopted. New policy states the newsletter cannot "promote a religious point of view". I have pointed out that this policy may be newly iterated but it has always been policy for any town newsletter.
A: Research would be necessary to definitively answer this question. However, it seems like the town is simply limiting the newsletter to government-sponsored events. If the town was allowing private events to advertise, but not similar church-sponsored events, there might be a First Amendment violation.
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