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Federal appeals court won't take up religious freedom case

CHICAGO (WTAQ) - A federal appeals court will not reconsider a Rhinelander family's claim that its religious freedom was violated.  

The Jaros family has been stymied for almost a decade in its effort to open a bible camp and conference center on Squash Lake in the Oneida County town of Woodboro.  

Town and county governments said no to the required permits for the project, saying it did not meet conditions for proper zoning.

The Jaros family said the denials violated their rights under a 13-year-old federal law. They said it forbids the denial of religious land use through zoning, so people can carry out their religious beliefs.

In February, Madison federal judge William Conley disagreed that the Jaros' religious rights were violated. A three-judge appellate panel ruled the same way in October.  

This week, the full Seventh Circuit Appeals Court in Chicago said it would not hold a rehearing in the case.  

Meanwhile, the family has filed a new state lawsuit in Oneida County. A hearing in that matter has yet to be scheduled.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)