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U.S. Supreme Court won't hear case involving northern Wisconsin bible camp

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The U.S. Supreme Court will not consider overturning local government rejections for a long proposed bible camp in northern Wisconsin.  

But the Jaros family still hopes the state courts will pave the way for a large Christian camp and conference center it's been trying to build since 2004 on Squash Lake west of Rhinelander.  

Town and county panels said no to permits for the large facility on family-owned lakeside acreage.

The Jaroses then went to the federal courts, claiming the local agencies broke a federal law which bars government from using zoning to discriminate against religious groups. They said they were being prohibited from exercising their religious beliefs under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.  

Federal Judge William Conley of Madison struck down that claim, and both the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago and now the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider a reversal of Conley's ruling.  

That ends the Jaros' federal case -- but the family still has a state lawsuit pending from last fall. It challenges the Oneida County Board of Adjustment's rejection of the bible camp.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)