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1/21/10

Ministry Group in Post Wants to Purchase City Landmark, but Religion is holding them back

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An outreach ministry went before the Post City Council wanting permission to move into a city landmark.

The building in question is the Tower Theater in downtown Post, one local ministry group is wanting it to be their home, but a city law is standing in their way.

Dozens of supporters of the Unchained Life Ministries showed up at the Post City Council meeting on Thursday.

Mike Holly is the president of the ministry, which visits prisons across Texas to minister to inmates about to enter back into society.

Holly is wanting to purchase the old Tower Theater on Main Street to create a Christian environment, through movies and concerts, and to offer a place for the ministry to meet.

Currently the Post Main Street Zoning Code states that no property can be used for church purposes.

"We desired a variance so we could come in and operate our ministry and perform the functions that our ministry does," said Holly.

"Yes we have our government laws, but we also have our bible to go by and the thing is Post needs some positive stuff going on here," said supporter Jackie Cruse.

No one spoke against the ministry moving into the theater.

And it seemed the majority of the dais was in favor of Holly and his plans, but instead of granting the variance, they said they would rather the city ordinance be changed all together.

"This language is obsolete let's endeavor to make a concerted effort to fix it," said Post City Manager Arbie Taylor.

"If you are under the law you need to abide by the law, if there is a law and if there is a law that is not working we can change that," said Post Mayor Thressa Harp.

"Even though they didn't grant the variance, I think we opened the door for a lot of other people to come in and do things that take the stigma of church off the ordinance," said Holly.

Holly says the next step is to talk it over with the realtor and wait to see if the language of the law is changed.

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