Pennsylvania: Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Islamic Group Against Lutheran Pastor

Source: Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Islamic Group Against Lutheran Pastor Represented By The Thomas More Law Center – Thomas More Law Center

March 7, 2019

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”) a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced a victory this week on behalf of its client, Lutheran Pastor Bruce Leonatti, who is also president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of ACT for America.  Pastor Leonatti was sued by an Islamic organization, HIRA Educational Services of North America (“HIRA”) for exercising his First Amendment free speech rights. HIRA is an Islamic consulting firm that caters to Islamic schools and organizations.

 In an opinion and order issued on March 4, 2019, Judge Marilyn J. Horan of the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed the case against Pastor Leonatti, who was one of several defendants sued by HIRA. Pastor Leonatti is pastor of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The Thomas More Law Center represented Pastor Leonatti without charge.

Commenting on the successful outcome, Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, stated: “We applaud the steadfast courage and fortitude of 74-year-old Pastor Leonatti who stood his ground against the intimidating tactics of HIRA and its baseless lawsuit.”

HIRA sought to purchase property owned by the State of Pennsylvania. During a public meeting prior to the sale, Pastor Leonatti expressed his opposition to the sale to HIRA over concerns that the property might be used as a refugee resettlement center. Although Pennsylvania began the process of selling the property to HIRA, the sale eventually fell through because of concerns related to tax payments and potential collusion in the bidding process. Even though Pastor Leonatti’s statements had nothing to do with why the sale fell through, HIRA nevertheless sued him for interfering with the sales contract because he opposed it at a public meeting and is a chapter president of ACT for America.  

After an initial motion to dismiss was denied as “premature,” TMLC later filed a motion for sanctions against HIRA and its attorneys, claiming that the lawsuit against Pastor Leonatti had no legal merit. At the hearing on the motion for sanctions, the judge decided on her own to consider the motion for sanctions as a renewed motion to dismiss.  

On Monday, the Court dismissed Pastor Leonatti from the lawsuit. In her opinion, Judge Horan said: “Not only do the facts pleaded by Plaintiff show that Defendant Leonatti’s conduct had no impact on DGS’s [the PA agency] decision to move forward with forming the land sale contract with Plaintiff, but Plaintiff does not plead any facts establishing a causal connection between Defendant Leonatti’s alleged conduct and the decision by the Defendant Township Supervisors to institute legal proceedings.”

Not to be confused, the sharia is still being levied against a pastor in Minnesota.

5 thoughts on “Pennsylvania: Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Islamic Group Against Lutheran Pastor

  1. HINT: Muslim radicals can go pound sand. In the name of higher education, the muslims? They want their people as dumbed down , as possible. Just like another country WE know!!!

  2. Unfortunately, Constitutional ignorance is worse than ever in America.
    • American citizens used to have a basic understanding of the laws of the land.
    • Instead, we are letting 1-2% of the population run things coz we have become too stupid and intimidated to call a spade a spade.
    • We can thank liberals teaching the acceptance of their beliefs uncritically, for what has taken place in our schools and colleges during the last 40 years plus.
    • Disciples of liberal indoctrination (often anti-America) can be found in the news media, social media, Hollywood, courts, schools, parents, voters, yada, yada, yada.
    • In short, the students are now adults and parents and they are teaching what they were taught to todays crop of students.

    • This ‘case’ wouldn’t have ever reached the courts in days gone by.
    • HIRA and similar anti-American organizations would never have gotten a voice and if they did, they would been hounded as we quelled the Communists in the ‘50s & ’60s.

    • Muslims are ignorant deliberately concerning American justice and the Constitution. They are Islamic we get our way wherever we invade muslims. Why is this invasion of muslims happening in this century? Why were there no invasion of these sand land idiots in 1980 or 1990? I never have understood how suddenly crawling out of the woodwork we are unindated with medieval towel head dress wearers from backwards worthless countries.

If sharia keeps spreading, you will not only be silenced by the media and big technology, you will be jailed - or worse. Speak while you can!

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