After the Board of Real Estate Board filed a complaint against Hadassah Carter who was licensed a real estate agent in 2017 for her correspondence messages related to faith-themed messages, made her filed a lawsuit against the board, according to the lawsuit.
The messages on the mails read; “For Faith and Freedom, Jesus loves you, and with God all things are possible.” Her website included this message: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ John 3:16. I am available to you when you need me.”
Which the boards claimed to have violated the Virginia Fair Housing Code, which states the “use of words or symbols associated with a particular religion” shall be “evidence of an illegal preference.”
Carter has resigned after the board met her employee and agreed from not posting religious statements on any communication or advertising material. Also threatens to revoke her license and would “file another complaint against her if she re-adds her previous religious statements to her communications and website,” the lawsuit says.
She was licensed in 2017 as a real estate agent and has not actively practiced realty since then, and “fears making religious statements in connection with her realty practice because of possible action by the Board,” the suit says.
However, the American Center for Law and Justice filed suit in state court against the board, alleging violations of free speech and religious liberty guaranteed under the Virginia and U.S. Constitutions.
“No one should have to justify their free speech or their religion to a regulatory body,” Jordan Sekulow of the ACLJ wrote. “To threaten someone’s job because they express their faith makes free speech unfree, and so we must fight these assaults on religious liberty aggressively whenever they arise.”