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Davenport church settles religious freedom lawsuit with city

November 3, 2017

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A church in Davenport that feeds the homeless has agreed to accept an offer of $15,000 from the city to settle a lawsuit that alleged the city, two council members and the zoning administrator violated its religious freedom rights.

A judgment was entered Friday in federal court confirming the settlement between the city of Davenport and Compassion Church and its two pastors.

The church operates Timothy’s House of Hope which moved to a new location in April to serve breakfast to the homeless.

Court documents say Alderman Raymond Ambrose referred to the food site’s clients as bums and said they weren’t wanted in his neighborhood. He, Alderman Maria Dickman and Zoning Administrator Matthew Flynn, all named in the lawsuit, tried to force the operation to move citing zoning regulations.

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