(Christianity Today) A hearing officer has ruled that a Christian pregnancy center should be allowed to apply for a government loan to renovate its building, even though the center routinely engages in religious speech.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) previously denied a Care Net pregnancy center’s application to its Community Facilities Loan Program because the center wants to offer clients optional Bible classes in one of its rooms. But now the USDA Appeals Division has determined that Care Net is eligible for a loan to renovate its facility because its religious speech is voluntary.

The Community Facilities Loan Program cannot support inherently religious activities, though faith-based organizations are not automatically disqualified from receiving loans.

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