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

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.

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